Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,435,008
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $9.55 (10/24/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C MS obverse 1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The first full year of Seated Liberty Half Dollar production resulted in a fairly common issue from the Philadelphia Mint that is nevertheless scarce in Mint State. As with many coins of this type, weakness of strike is often evident at Liberty's head and breast and on the opposite location of the eagle's right (viewer's left) leg.

Wiley and Bugert have identified 11 die marriages comprised of seven obverse dies and ten reverses. Among the former are a few having repunched dates. NGC will attribute these under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 45.00 75.00 95.00 140 300 365 480 650 775 885 1000 1390 1800 3650 9375 23500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 272
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 1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base11462918421623343811013168102----272
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---------11----3------5
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Total114629184216233540110131611112----279
 0%0%1%2%10%6%15%6%8%13%14%0%4%5%6%4%4%1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base117122729842372576487410441303142115311634175321613057487671388190127001990824286
581902513405247388019311130134214581565167418892460366356307489969315103213670
000000801931113013421458156516741889246036635630748996931510300
0000008379871217138214941600171320252758427063847839111971750500
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1421
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 1044
Owner: vpitman
 
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