Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 3,688,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.15 (10/21/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1855 O ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1855 O ARROWS 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Second and final year of the arrows at date design motif that signified a weight change in half dollars from 206.25 grains to 192 grains. The 1855-O had a substantial mintage of 3.68 million pieces, and for a New Orleans issue there were a surprising number of Mint State coins that were set aside, with some 200 pieces probably extant today in the various grades of Uncirculated.

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1855 O ARROWS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 43.00 50.00 65.00 90.00 175 315 370 440 555 690 840 1275 1800 3050 8600 24000 55000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 3500 10500 29000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 546
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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5/25/2002 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22111, 22111/Lot# 11597 $1,725.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1244 $5,462.50
11/9/2005 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2116, 2116/Lot# 1658 $448.00
10/17/2012 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24694 $183.30
1/27/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/27/2013, 59/Lot# 95313 $264.00
6/5/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1186/Lot# 3480 $3,290.00
6/9/2013 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131325/Lot# 22250 $80.00
11/2/2014 PCGS VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10340 $100.00
9/17/2017 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131739/Lot# 27194 $264.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 O 50C MS ARROWS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1631792233043516096749741051113812711477162920642501323850497597118851879500
16819425032043763177410001080118213401528177422102747384258989026141881879500
00000077410001080118213401528177422102747384258989026141881879500
000000874102511091227140815781919235529924445674810456164921879500
1855 O 50C MS ARROWS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base14716320927833057563190899010661213139315421989238531384888735111531182652919247029
15217823229541259472393510151115127314431691212126363721570987441377621907351380
0000007239351015111512731443169121212636372157098744137762190700
00000081696310411164133314921840225328874305653010138160202555000
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 7351
Owner: Stiel Coin Collection
 
Grade: VF 25
Points: 330
Owner: Ed B
 
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