Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 1,290,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $8.37 (9/25/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1860 O 50C MS obverse 1860 O 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

As it had been for the past several years, New Orleans was the biggest producer of half dollars in 1860. This issue is plentiful across all grades short of MS 65, and gems remain quite elusive. Though the typical 1860-O half dollar is well struck, signs of die erosion and overpolishing can deter from their attractiveness. Uncertainty over the outcome of the Civil War and the issue of inflationary paper currency likely led to much hoarding of silver coins, and this probably accounts for the greater availability of this issue with respect to earlier O-Mint halves of similar or higher mintage.

A total of 12 die marriages are presently known for 1860-O half dollars. These resulted from various combinations of seven each obverse and reverse dies. Three of the latter were taken from Type 1 hubs with a short base in letter L in HALF, while the remainder were of the Type 2 hub having a long base to that letter. Type 2 examples are noticeably more scarce, but little interest has been shown by collectors. All 1860-O half dollars were coined with a collar having 140 reeds.

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: 4/24/2020

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1860 O 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 46.00 52.00 71.00 100.00 210 300 350 400 525 745 775 1030 1380 2100 5500 18000 - - - -
$ - - - - 550 - - 1100 - 2900 6875 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 285
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 1860 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base33642417311919293821925171571----279
-----------------1----1
----------1----11-----3
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Total33642417311919293921925171682----283
 1%1%2%1%8%6%11%7%7%10%14%1%7%9%6%6%3%1%---- 
1860 O 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1--4--1-----6
-----------------1----1
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Total----------1--4--11----7
 ----------14%--57%--14%14%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1860 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base143186209275366642725820908990117314441477173520332525398465458726137532187826565
1571942313054586707578499351051126314551563183421973011483872721040216461234400
000000757849935105112631455156318342197301148387272104021646100
000000788879963111213541466164919342361349856917999120771917000
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1735
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 990
Owner: TerryZman
 
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