Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,972,400
Catalog: KM-68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.70 (10/24/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1839 DRAPERY 50C MS obverse 1839 DRAPERY 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In the Wiley-Bugert reference they state their belief that the With Drapery dies were created when 'the rock was carved away from the master hub to balance the metal flow during coin striking from the addition of the drapery below the elbow.' With Drapery halves are slightly more obtainable in all grades than their No Drapery counterparts, but such coins are still rare in mint condition. In Gem condition, these coins are virtually unknown.

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Last Updated: 7/28/2014

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1839 DRAPERY 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 53.00 80.00 170 260 260 355 430 675 850 1200 1550 1850 2550 4200 18500 - - - - -
$ 275 380 465 725 975 1325 1675 2050 2950 4800 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 157
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65


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11/2/2014 VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10180
11/10/2014 AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(5), 1211/Lot# 7840


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12/9/1998 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1113, 1113/Lot# 1517 $735.75
11/15/2013 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34494 $1,057.50
1/26/2014 PCGS   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1150 $235.00
3/2/2014 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131410/Lot# 28400 $103.40
3/30/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 164898 $729.30
7/11/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6101 $340.75
10/19/2014 NGC VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 826, 835/Lot# 148 $140.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 DRAPERY 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1671021672443424395276377057988561206160921612699371271521120217721282861
23781231922763744685636597368179721340179323403036485885021337521242282860
000000468563659736817972134017932340303648588502133752124200
0000004976006827678361089147419772519337460059852155482476400
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Grade: VF 30
Points: 532
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
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