1849-O Seated Liberty Half Dollar NGC MS60 PL

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1849-O Seated Liberty Half Dollar—Finest Known

Coined just after the start of the California Gold Rush, this 1849 Seated Liberty Half Dollar was struck at the fabled New Orleans Mint. Despite an original mintage of 2,310,000 silver coins, you’d be hard-pressed to find one today certified by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in Proof-like condition. These coins were likely struck with fresh dies, giving them a magnificent luster that would be lost as further coins were struck.

Finding an 1849 Proof-like Seated Liberty is a very rare thing. In fact, NGC has only ever graded one Proof-like 1849-O Seated Liberty Half Dollar – and it’s the very coin we’re offering here! That makes it the finest known in the world! Only 22 coins of this date and mint mark have been graded higher by NGC – and none of those graded as Proof-like. The Smithsonian® has a coin in Fine condition in its collection, and that coin has been cleaned. This coin comes certified by NGC in Mint State-60 Proof-like (MS60 PL) condition. Own a better-than-museum-quality coin and secure it for your collection today!

  • FINEST KNOWN 1849-O SEATED HALF DOLLAR KNOWN – This 1849-O Seated Liberty Half Dollar was struck at the New Orleans Mint and has been graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in Mint State-60 Proof-Like condition. This is the finest-known specimen of this year date and mint mark in existence. In fact, the example of this coin in the famous Smithsonian® collection is in only Fine condition!
  • ENDURING POPULAR DESIGN – This coin was designed by Christian Gobrecht, the third Chief Engraver at the United States Mint. Perhaps the most well-used coin design in American history, the Seated Liberty design was featured on many silver coins issued from 1836-1891, including the half dime, dime, quarter, half dollar and the silver dollar.
  • STRUCK IN FINE SILVER – This coin was struck in 13.36 grams of 90% fine silver.
  • AMERICAN LEGAL TENDER FROM GOLD RUSH ERA – Your 1849-O Seated Liberty Half Dollar was 50 cents legal tender in the United States during and after the Gold Rush. That was about a day’s wages for a common laborer at that time.

This is definitely a coin for the serious collector: the finest-known 1849-O Seated Liberty Half Dollar known – even better than the coin in the Smithsonian! Click it to your cart now and be the envy of other collectors everywhere!

Year of Issue 1849
Country United States
Composition Silver
Purity 0.9000
Condition Graded, Proof-Like
Grade MS60
Denomination 0.50
Currency Type Dollar
Mint Name New Orleans - O
Coin Weight 13.36 Grams - g
Dimensions 30.6mm