Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 2,834,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $8.39 (11/27/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 O 50C MS obverse 1859 O 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The year 1859 ended the U. S. Mint's run of very large date punches that began in 1853 and lasted through 1858. As with so many coin oddities, it will likely never be known why this abrupt change was made.

This is a high-mintage, fairly common issue that does not elicit much excitement among collectors. Examples are readily available in all circulated grades, and Mint State survivors are only moderately scarce. Even at the gem level (MS-65 and higher) there are a fair number of certified specimens.

Unlike the 1859(P) half dollar, this issue is known only with the Type 1 Reverse hub of 1842. A total of 16 die marriages have been identified, and these resulted from various pairings of 12 obverses and 13 reverses. All 1859-O half dollars display 140 reeds on their edges.

A minor RPD variety is known (WB-104), along with a couple of MPD varieties. The more appealing of these is VP-001 (WB-102).

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1859 O 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 52.00 65.00 58.00 85.00 185 290 320 400 525 750 750 925 2000 3250 7000 16500 43500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 10000 26500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 306
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: 11/24/2020 1859 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1510547404316233434210671283----306
----------------1-----1
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Total15105474043162334342106712123----310
 0%2%3%2%15%13%14%5%7%11%11%1%3%2%2%4%4%1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1135201230320502539745874949110312061333175324952885456573179234145982331328219
4615721126038151460878889910001137124814732000262534455482795611022175032494829630
000000608788899100011371248147320002625344554827956110221750300
000000676831924105211721291161322482755400564008595128102040800
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 5482
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2495
Owner: ddr70
 
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