Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 2,658,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $8.36 (9/24/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1856 O 50C MS obverse 1856 O 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The New Orleans Mint once again out-produced its Philadelphia cousin in half dollar coinage. The Crescent City was America's principal port of entry for silver bullion coming from Latin America, and much of this left the local mint in the form of coins or ingots.This issue is common across all grades through Extremely Fine, and even Mint State coins are not particularly scarce. Quite a number of gems have been certified by NGC.

Mint records indicate that 18 obverse dies and eight reverses were shipped to the New Orleans Mint for 1856's half dollar coinage, though Bugert notes that these records are incomplete. Of course, undated reverse dies of previous years that remained serviceable were likely used as needed. A total of 19 die marriages are known from the combining of 12 obverses and 10 reverses. An amazing four different collars have been cataloged, with reed counts of 140, 141, 143 and 148, respectively.

The most desirable varieties for 1856-O are the repunched dates (FS-301, WB-102 and VP-001, WB-103). Both are recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus service.

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Last Updated: 5/8/2020

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1856 O 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 57.00 70.00 85.00 110 210 345 375 520 565 585 700 845 1710 2700 5825 12600 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 329
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/22/2020 1856 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base258533232817223241215262822173----329
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Total258533232817223241215272822173----330
 1%2%2%2%10%7%8%5%7%10%12%1%5%8%8%7%5%1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11352012553205635977838561044115212521375163420092807463060079178145212318228068
461572192774015746598079191080118512931461175922753415508970641095917408248110
000000659807919108011851293146117592275341550897064109591740800
000000721832981111612191334154818842541402255488121127402029500
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 6007
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 4630
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
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