Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 2,658,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.44g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $5.77 (5/30/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1856 O 50C MS obverse 1856 O 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

While its quarter counterpart has earned the respect of advanced collectors, the 1856-O Liberty Seated half dollar is often referred to as one of the more common silver issues of the late 1850s. With a sizeable mintage of 2,658,000 pieces, this conclusion certainly holds true through the lower Mint State grade levels.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/16/2015

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1856 O 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 33.00 50.00 65.00 85.00 175 280 320 435 510 685 925 1350 2600 7750 14500 - - - -
$ 190 - 350 475 560 - 1000 1450 4400 8600 16000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 283
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/30/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 236 $2,645.00
4/15/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Teletrade Auction 3259, 3259/Lot# 1611 $110.00
10/17/2012 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24696 $152.75
6/8/2014 NGC AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 179036 $281.60
10/12/2014 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131442/Lot# 25224 $94.00
2/26/2015 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 February 26 - March 1 PNG Dallas Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1218/Lot# 7625 $1,028.13
8/30/2015 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131536/Lot# 23079 $99.88
9/27/2015 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131540/Lot# 21488 $60.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11352012553205635977838561044115212521375163420092807463060079178145212318228068
461572192774015746598079191080118512931461175922753415508970641095917408248110
000000659807919108011851293146117592275341550897064109591740800
000000721832981111612191334154818842541402255488121127402029500
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 6007
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1152
Owner: Texas Coin Hunter
 
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