Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.61 (10/17/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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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: 8/3/2016

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1839 DRAPERY 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 42.00 65.00 100.00 175 310 455 575 710 850 1275 1650 1900 2650 5400 18000 - - - - -
$ - - 600 740 975 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 172
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65


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7/31/2011 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3110, 3110/Lot# 1668 $276.00
1/26/2014 PCGS Genuine XF   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1150 $235.00
3/28/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5371 $5,140.63
6/8/2014 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 200076 $247.50
8/5/2014 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7731 $1,233.75
11/2/2014 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10302 $275.00
10/2/2016 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131641/Lot# 23211 $399.50
10/31/2016 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1241/Lot# 7458 $517.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 50C MS DRAPERY
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base147163212304551745774916103613631558188621612368278135256616715211202177212828633928
15217924338661675582195611451428166719782230250630294555679585021337521243301670
0000008219561145142816671978223025063029455567958502133752124300
0000008699961254149317772069229926433277558669739852155482476400
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Grade: VF 30
Points: 551
Owner: Electric Peak
 
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