Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 7,294,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $8.24 (9/27/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1858 O 50C MS obverse 1858 O 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1858-O half dollar enjoyed the highest mintage of this series until it was finally exceeded in 1876. As one would expect, worn examples are very common. Mint State survivors are somewhat scarce, but they are common in comparison to other New Orleans half dollars, save for the extremely common 1861-O. Most pieces were well made and present excellent opportunities for the type collector seeking a single coin in high grade.

Not surprisingly, the 1858-O half dollar offers a bumper crop of die marriages, some 41 in all. These are comprised of 24 obverses and a like number of reverses, though it's probable that still more will be identified. All reverse dies seen so far have been of the Type 1 hub used 1842-57. Amazingly, just a single collar gauge is known, this having 140 reeds. It's possible that the New Orleans Mint made a conscious decision to avoid the variety of earlier issues.

Since all dies were prepared at the Philadelphia Mint's engraving department, this high mintage issue resulted in numerous varieties similar to those known for 1858(P). Readers are referred to NGC's VarietyPlus website for more details.

This issue was heavily represented among the thousands of half dollars recovered from the wreck of the steamer Republic, which sank in a storm during 1865. Such coins display varying degrees of saltwater damage.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1858 O 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 52.00 70.00 85.00 110 160 250 300 350 520 600 670 850 1400 2600 10500 20500 - - - -
$ - - - - 535 - - 900 1450 3250 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 645
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
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: 9/21/2021 1858 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base71621219061964547806542131152032----645
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Total71621219061964547806642131152032----646
 1%2%3%3%14%9%15%7%7%12%10%1%3%5%2%3%0%0%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1858 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1155220248330527563695745925112412191333170720092807504966859479150352405629074
521772292753965396077128059911156125714581808227535545594761611331180422572930528
00000060771280599111561257145818082275355455947616113311804200
000000651728865105811871295158219082541430261408548131832104900
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 1354
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 887
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 778
US Type Set, 1792-1964 750
Half Dollar Type Set 518
20th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 440
20th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 415
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 323
Quarter Dollar Type Set (Incl. 20 Cents) 313
Kennedy Half Dollars, Silver, 1964-1970, Circulation and Proof Issues 300
20th Century Series Type Set, Proofs Only 248
20th Century Series Type Set, Proofs Only - No Gold 238
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 198
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 194
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 153
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 153
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 132
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 131
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 129
1966 Special Mint Set 123
Seated Liberty Half Dollars, 1839-1891, Circulated Coins Only 110
Seated Liberty Half Dollars, 1839-1891, Circulation Issue 107
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 79
Seated Liberty Half Dollars, No Motto, 1839-1866, Circulation Issue 55
Seated Liberty Half Dollars, 1839-1891, One-Per-Date 41
Early Quarters, 1796-1838, Circulated Coins Only 39
Draped Bust Quarter Dollars 1796-1807, Circulation Issue 29
1858 Mint Set 21
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1707
Owner: Heymikep
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1707
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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