Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 818,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.16 (8/22/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1857 O 50C MS obverse 1857 O 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The New Orleans Mint underwent a lull in half dollar production during 1857. While 818,000 coins hardly make for a rarity, this issue is somewhat scarce in the higher circulated grades and genuinely rare in Mint State. Gems are remarkably elusive and will be found only in the most advanced collections. Typically, 1857-O half dollar are found well struck from dies that were not overused or overpolished.

The Bugert die register for New Orleans half dollars identified six obverses paired with three reverses, for a total of eight die marriages. All 1857-O half dollars were struck with a single collar gauge having 140 reeds.

Varieties are minimal for this issue, with one minor repunched date (WB-103) and a misplaced date (VP-001, WB-102).

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1857 O 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 55.00 70.00 85.00 115 260 400 520 650 845 1560 1750 2200 4150 6850 13000 24200 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 94
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/20/2019 1857 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-2141011125121215-31321-----94
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Total-2141011125121215-31321-----94
 -2 %1 %4 %11 %12 %13 %5 %13 %13 %16 %-3 %1 %3 %2 %1 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
10/31/1999 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1229, 1229/Lot# 1160 $348.80
11/8/2009 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #29113, 29113/Lot# 24517 $195.50
5/27/2012 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 609 $609.50
4/22/2013 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 3427, 3427/Lot# 1813 $282.00
6/16/2013 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/16/2013, 79/Lot# 121679 $93.50
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 797, 806/Lot# 118 $5,775.00
6/3/2014 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4046 $1,850.63
6/4/2015 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1221/Lot# 4522 $1,997.50
7/26/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3534, 6113/Lot# 20269 $258.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 50C MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base115522025540974580286594912711634192822332671358343616400682812252194103102637058
5217723230652176482389310561392173220302379297538425041654386361463823282330370
0000008238931056139217322030237929753842504165438636146382328200
00000084492111641513183021312525327941025720668510444170242715400
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1634
Owner: Texas Coin Hunter
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1271
Owner: Heymikep
 
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