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: $6.80 (10/22/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1839 NO DRAPERY 50C PF obverse 1839 NO DRAPERY 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The number of proof coins produced went unrecorded before the 1850s, so all we know is the number of specimens extent. For this exceedingly rare issue, that figure is just four.

Seemingly, a single pair of dies was used, and the reverse is distinguished by a fine crack running along the outsides of letters MERICA and HALF DOL and then continuing until it fades away below the eagle's right (viewer's left) wing. One of the four examples, the ex: Phil Kaufman coin, also displays a slender, bisecting crack from the reverse border at 7 o'clock across to the right foot of letter R in AMERICA. This specimen also has a die-clash impression at the lower right part of the eagle's shield, a common occurrence on coins made for circulation but rather unusual for a proof.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1839 NO DRAPERY 50C PF
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1839 NO DRAPERY 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------2211-----6
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Total-------------2211-----6
 -------------33 %33 %17 %17 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/28/2009 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 2481 $241,500.00
1/6/2010 NGC PF 62   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 2554 $74,750.00
1/9/2013 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1181/Lot# 5653 $199,750.00
11/1/2013 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1191/Lot# 3621 $223,250.00
6/23/2014 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30526 $135,125.00
1/7/2015 NGC PF 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1216/Lot# 4141 $56,400.00


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