The 1838-O was the first branch mint half dollar, though not mentioned in the Mint director’s report. The New Orleans chief coiner stated that only 10 were struck. In 1838 and 1839 the mintmark appears on the obverse, above the date; thereafter, through 1915, all mintmarks are on the reverse.
Design Years:1838 - 1839
Designer: Christian Gobrecht
0.9000 silver, 0.1000 copper
Grade Price Guide
G-4 Good.Good. LIBERTY barely discernible on headband.
VG-8 Very Good.Very Good. Some letters in LIBERTY clear.
F-12 Fine.Fine. LIBERTY complete but faint.
VF-20 Very Fine.Very Fine. LIBERTY sharp. Shoulder clasp clear.
EF-40 Extremely Fine.Extremely Fine. LIBERTY sharp and strong. Hair details visible.
AU-50 About Uncirculated.About Uncirculated. Slight trace of wear on cap, cheek, and hair above forehead, and on eagle’s claws, wing tops, and head.
AU-55 Choice About Uncirculated.Choice About Uncirculated.
MS-60 Uncirculated.Uncirculated. No trace of wear. Light blemishes.
MS-62 Choice Unc..Choice Unc..
MS-63 Choice Uncirculated.Choice Uncirculated. Some distracting contact marks or blemishes in prime focal areas. Impaired luster possible.