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: $6.30 (4/19/2015)
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 78.00 120 250 330 435 625 725 925 1050 1550 3100 8750 22500 - - - -
$ 270 365 470 690 800 1025 1150 1700 3400 9750 25000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 220
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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8/2/1999 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1194, 1194/Lot# 1443 $626.75
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
10/13/2011 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 8505 $575.00
9/6/2012 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1174/Lot# 8439 $258.50
2/23/2014 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/23/2014, 182/Lot# 172693 $231.00
8/5/2014 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7732 $352.50
3/31/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 33129 $352.50


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