1856-O LIBERTY SEATED 50C, NO MOTTO MS65
GEM LUSTROUS SURFACES WITH LIGHT RUSSET TONING. ONLY THREE COINS GRADE HIGHER AT NGC.
Mardi Gras has been a New Orleans tradition for centuries, with the earliest known carnival held in 1699, however it wasn’t until 1856 that the festivities were modernized to what we know today. Much like the party itself, its organization has a history of sporadic events, dates, and even years between the celebrations. Additionally, the celebrations had a reputation for evil doings and mischievous events – all of which needed to be changed. In 1856 a group of prominent Anglo-American men got together to create a secret society to celebrate these festivities without the crudeness. These men called themselves the Mistick Krewe of Comus, comus from the Greek god of festivities and a unique name to instill mystery. Their primary goal was to make the celebration more available to people, before it was isolated to the Roman Catholic Creole population. Furthermore, they intended to organize the festivities to occur regularly every year and to centralize the party in New Orleans for the United States. Finally, they reversed the declining popularity once they achieved these goals and from 1857 on several other secret societies formed to assist in the celebrations. Since their first meeting in 1856, the celebration has been held consistently, except in times of war, by the longest running society of New Orleans.