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: $6.52 (9/21/2019)
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: 6/21/2019

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1854 O ARROWS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 55.00 70.00 85.00 105 190 280 300 390 520 675 900 1300 2100 3025 8500 20000 56000 75000 - -
$ - - - - 575 - - - - - - 29000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 831
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: 9/17/2019 1854 O ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base619301457661104650101115650463362116-2--830
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Total619301457661104650101115650473364116-2--833
 1 %2 %4 %2 %7 %8 %13 %6 %6 %12 %14 %1 %6 %6 %4 %8 %1 %1 %-0 %-- 
1854 O ARROWS 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1--------1
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Total-------------1--------1
 -------------100 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/5/2006 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2006 June Long Beach Online Session #409, 409/Lot# 8059 $172.50
6/25/2006 PCGS G 6   Teletrade Auction 2223, 2223/Lot# 1630 $38.00
2/11/2007 NGC MS 68   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1443 $69,000.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1055 $3,393.00
9/6/2012 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1174/Lot# 8467 $305.50
12/15/2013 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 138653 $214.50
8/6/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 13100 $14,100.00
9/21/2014 PCGS AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 822, 831/Lot# 143 $385.00
6/13/2018 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131825/Lot# 25417 $192.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 O 50C MS ARROWS
 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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