Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 401,000
Catalog: KM-68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.36g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.30 (5/28/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1841 O 50C MS obverse 1841 O 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Production of half dollars was healthy at New Orleans in 1841, with just over 400,000 pieces struck. This number is higher than Philadelphia's output in the same year, an indication of the thriving demand for coinage in the bustling Southern port city. The same high demand that led to the creation of so many halves, however, also caused the vast majority of them to disappear into circulation channels, and most of the survivors known today exhibit substantial wear. Only a handful of high-end Mint State pieces are available to 21st century collectors.

Like Charlotte and Dahlonega, the New Orleans Mint also experienced production difficulties early in its existence. Dies were used until they cracked dramatically, and various striking issues abound. Wiley and Bugert cite examples with iron fragments struck into their surfaces.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/16/2015

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1841 O 50C MS
Base $ 40.00 55.00 75.00 140 315 450 500 600 925 1350 2600 4200 6600 27500 52500 - - - -
$ - - 550 650 1025 - 2875 4750 14100 30000 57500 - -

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Total Graded: 115
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

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10/16/1996 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 0885, 885/Lot# 1478 $218.00
2/3/2013 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1329 $1,437.50
3/2/2014 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131410/Lot# 29317 $153.93
3/28/2014 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5372 $1,057.50
6/1/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131423/Lot# 24775 $317.25
7/6/2014 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 202457 $70.00
11/2/2014 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10307 $285.00
6/4/2015 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1221/Lot# 4495 $881.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1841 O 50C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 7704
Owner: Stiel Coin Collection
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1634
Owner: Texas Coin Hunter
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