The 1838-O Half Dollar was the first coin struck at the New Orleans Mint and one of the first branch mint coins of any denomination. The denomination was denoted three different ways on the reverse of the coin: 50 C.---50 Cents---Half Dollar. It's very rare and commands large premiums in infrequent auction appearances. Read about the 1838-O
Designer: John Reich
Diameter: 32-33 millimeters
Silver - 89.2%
Copper - 10.8%
Weight: 208 grains (13.48 grams)
Edge: Lettered ("FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR")
Mint mark: None (all 1810 Half Dollars were struck at Philadelphia).