Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,435,008
Catalog: KM-68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.25 (12/26/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C MS obverse 1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Along with the 1839, the 1840-O (and the unique 1842), the 1840 Reverse of 1839 is the only issue in the entire Seated half dollar series to display small letters on the reverse. The latter issue is more common than both the 1839 and 1840-O in all grades.

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Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C MS
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Base $ 42.00 57.00 78.00 120 250 250 330 435 625 725 825 925 1050 1550 3100 8750 22500 - - - -
$ 270 365 470 690 800 900 1025 1150 1700 3400 9750 25000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 213
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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2/10/2008 NGC AU 53   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 316 $348.00
4/17/2008 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 239, 245/Lot# 8854 $143.75
3/25/2012 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 3247, 3247/Lot# 1413 $250.00
2/22/2013 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7185 $317.25
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4282 $21,150.00
1/19/2014 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131404/Lot# 26577 $399.50
2/23/2014 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/23/2014, 182/Lot# 172693 $231.00
11/16/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131447/Lot# 27198 $305.50


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