Coin Specifications

Category: Early US Type Performance
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,392,976
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $9.55 (10/25/2020)
Diameter: 30mm
Edge: Reeded
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1839 CAPPED 50C MS obverse 1839 CAPPED 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The year 1839 was a transitional one for the half dollar, and its production was divided between this Capped Bust type and two subtypes of the new Seated Liberty design. Thus, the mintage of the old type halves was less than half that of 1837-38. Nevertheless, this date is not rare. A fair number of Mint State coins survive, but gems are very rare.

Some eight die marriages are known from the pairing of four obverses with seven reverses. GR-1 is an important rarity that is visually distinctive and is described in the entry that follows this one. Of the remaining varieties, GR-2 and GR-3 are scarce, while the others are fairly common.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1839 CAPPED 50C MS
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Base $ 80.00 95.00 120 170 275 460 500 675 1100 1350 1500 1990 3350 6000 35000 50000 - - - -
$ 310 - 565 725 1200 - 1650 2200 4000 7250 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 573
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/20/2020 1839 CAPPED 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base125108537592749779533024194262----573
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Total125108537592749779633024194362----575
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 CAPPED 50C MS PL
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1839 CAPPED 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2012622953515327648741002107511731687197720792388299439457960848312451134011440315459
221273313411609800916102611071344178320112182259033115283813498051276713735147550
00000091610261107134417832011218225903311528381349805127671373500
000000959105011401515188020452285279236286621830811128130841406900
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2994
Owner: Half-collector
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 2614
Owner: Half-collector
 
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