Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 203,000
Catalog: KM-68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.63 (5/23/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1842 O SMALL DATE 50C MS obverse 1842 O SMALL DATE 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The original design for the Seated Liberty Half Dollar featured small digits in the date, a design that was used from 1839 through early 1842, later in 1842, the Medium Date die came into use. The original reverse design also had small letters in the legends on the reverse. This reverse design has been identified on all 1839 Seated Liberty, 1840 (P), 1840-O, 1841, and 1841-O Half Dollars, as well as on some 1842-O examples. The Small Date, Small Letters 1842-O Half is scarce with Wiley-Bugert rating it a high R.4 in all grades.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/28/2014

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Total Graded: 33
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 63

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Auction Prices Realized

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9/19/2005 PCGS VF 20   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1718 $2,300.00
4/2/2007 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Spring Collectors Choice Sale', 137/Lot# 320 $3,967.50
5/28/2008 PCGS G 6   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 656 $1,265.00
4/1/2013 NGC F 12   Teletrade Auction 3424, 3424/Lot# 2009 $1,233.75
3/21/2014 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1198/Lot# 10360 $1,527.50
8/8/2014 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 4072 $3,290.00
9/4/2014 PCGS VG 8   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1209/Lot# 4127 $822.50
1/7/2015 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1216/Lot# 4904 $3,760.00

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