50 Cents, United States, 1844

50 Cents, United States, 1844

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Christian Gobrecht’s “Seated Liberty” design was the first to feature a full portrait of Liberty on American coinage. Despite minor changes over the years, Gobrecht’s design remained in wide use for nearly half a century. This coin was likely made with silver imported from Mexico, and bears the O mintmark of New Orleans.
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Object Name
Date made
U.S. Mint, New Orleans
place made
United States
place of issue
United States
Physical Description
silver (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
overall: 1.9 mm x 30.6 mm; 1/16 in x 1 7/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Government Transfer: US DOTT, USM
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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