Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1841-O Half Dollar is a semi-scarce date from the New Orleans Mint.  It is comparable in overall rarity to the 1840-O and the 1843-O, but is much less scarce than the 1841.  Even in Mint State, it is fairly easy to obtain, though the most frequently seen Uncirculated grade is MS62.  On the PCGS side, a small cluster of MS64s and a single MS64+ top out the Population Report, while the best example certified by NGC is single MS66 (they report two in that grade, but we have not been able to identify the second example).

The overall strike quality is good for a New Orleans Mint product, thought it is generally not as sharp as a coin from Philadelphia.  Usually, any weakness occurs on the eagle's right (viewer's left) leg.

PCGS #
6237
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
13.36 grams
Mintage
401000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
39
Pop Lower
215
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 700 R-5.6 38 / 66 TIE 64 / 126 TIE
All Grades 50 R-8.5 32 / 66 TIE 51 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 66 1 / 126
65 or Better 700
All Grades 50
60 or Better 0
65 or Better R-5.6
All Grades R-8.5
60 or Better R-10.1
65 or Better 38 / 66 TIE
All Grades 32 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 66
65 or Better 64 / 126 TIE
All Grades 51 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 126

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

RARCOA “Auction '90” 8/1990:707 - Jason Carter, sold privately in 8/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98461, $27,025

2 MS65 estimated grade

Superior “Chalkley” 1/1990:3569 - Silbermünzen Collection - Heritage 5/2008:655, $40,250 - Heritage 10/2008:897, $51,750 - Bay State Collection - Heritage 7/2009:1121, $32,200

3 MS64+ PCGS grade MS64+ PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2013:3159, $14,100

4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #1 MS66 PCGS grade

RARCOA “Auction '90” 8/1990:707 - Jason Carter, sold privately in 8/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98461, $27,025

#2 MS65 estimated grade

Superior “Chalkley” 1/1990:3569 - Silbermünzen Collection - Heritage 5/2008:655, $40,250 - Heritage 10/2008:897, $51,750 - Bay State Collection - Heritage 7/2009:1121, $32,200

MS64+ PCGS grade #3 MS64+ PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2013:3159, $14,100

#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade