Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 5,240,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $8.27 (9/25/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1854 O ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1854 O ARROWS 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The very high mintage for this issue has made it a common entry in the series across all grades through MS 64. Popular as a two-year-only type coin (the reverse rays were omitted 1854-55), the 1854-O half dollar is in more demand than would exist among date/mint collectors alone. Most pieces were well made overall, but die cracks are fairly common.

As testament to the great number of dies required for such production, the New Orleans Mint destroyed 55 obverses at the end of the year and 32 reverses. While not all of these were used, some 58 die marriages are known from the pairing of 41 obverses and 29 reverses. These vary only in small details, and no collectible varieties are noted. Three different reed counts may be found---141, 143 or 148 reeds, respectively.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/18/2020

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1854 O ARROWS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 62.00 70.00 85.00 115 210 280 300 390 520 675 900 1300 2100 3025 8500 20000 56000 75000 - -
$ - - - - 575 - - - - - - 29000 - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 868
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 68

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/22/2020 1854 O ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base620331463721164655105118651483362126-1--867
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Total620331463721164655105118651493364126-1--870
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1854 O ARROWS 50C MS PL
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 O ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base14716320927836659767489197410511219142115831949251030214981719810458164312606531383
15217823230744362374691910001107128614751705213626803674572082851244919642278380
0000007469191000110712861475170521362680367457208285124491964200
0000008199461025116313541529182723232851432864599371144402285400
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1583
Owner: JTO
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1219
Owner: 123cents
 
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