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: $6.82 (10/20/2019)
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: 9/27/2019

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1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 45.00 100.00 115 140 330 440 480 580 780 975 1150 1390 1750 3650 9375 21800 - - - -
$ - - 500 690 800 - - - - 4300 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 263
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: 10/8/2019 1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base11442518411522343811013168102----263
----------1-----1-----2
---------11----3------5
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Total114425184115223540110131611112----270
 0 %0 %1 %1 %9 %7 %15 %6 %8 %13 %15 %0 %4 %5 %6 %4 %4 %1 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
2/10/2008 NGC AU 53   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 316 $348.00
4/17/2008 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 239, 245/Lot# 8854 $143.75
11/16/2008 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2612, 2612/Lot# 1648 $195.50
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24687 $332.35
6/30/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/30/2013, 81/Lot# 121972 $237.60
6/16/2014 NGC VF 25   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20382 $141.00
6/19/2016 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131626/Lot# 27388 $152.75
2/16/2017 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2017 February 16 - 19 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1252/Lot# 4329 $1,791.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 SMALL 50C MS LETTERS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base117122729842372576487410441303142115311634175321613057487671388190127001990824286
581902513405247388019311130134214581565167418892460366356307489969315103213670
000000801931113013421458156516741889246036635630748996931510300
0000008379871217138214941600171320252758427063847839111971750500
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1421
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 764
Owner: 123cents
 
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