Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,972,400
Catalog: KM-68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.36g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $7.82 (7/29/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 9/16/2015

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1839 DRAPERY 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 53.00 80.00 170 260 355 430 675 850 1200 1550 1850 2550 4200 18500 - - - - -
$ 275 - 465 725 975 - - 2050 2950 4800 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 168
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65


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2/28/2005 NGC MS 61   Prooflike David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #30, 34/Lot# 539 $1,437.50
5/3/2009 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2687, 2687/Lot# 1861 $322.00
11/15/2013 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34494 $1,057.50
1/26/2014 PCGS Genuine XF   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1150 $235.00
6/8/2014 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 200076 $247.50
10/10/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15184 $423.00
1/7/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1216/Lot# 4900 $4,230.00


NGC Registry

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