Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,435,008
Catalog: KM-68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.36g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $7.61 (7/26/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C MS obverse 1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Along with the 1839, the 1840-O (and the unique 1842), the 1840 Reverse of 1839 is the only issue in the entire Seated half dollar series to display small letters on the reverse. The latter issue is more common than both the 1839 and 1840-O in all grades.

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Last Updated: 9/16/2015

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1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 42.00 57.00 78.00 120 250 330 435 625 725 825 925 1050 1550 3100 8750 22500 - - - -
$ 270 - 470 690 800 - - 1150 1700 3400 9750 25000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 232
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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9/11/1996 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0875, 875/Lot# 1590 $918.00
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
6/14/2011 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 2724 $805.00
9/25/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1189/Lot# 3813 $734.38
2/23/2014 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/23/2014, 182/Lot# 172693 $231.00
10/27/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98477 $18,800.00
2/26/2015 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 February 26 - March 1 PNG Dallas Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1218/Lot# 7619 $2,232.50
1/3/2016 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131602/Lot# 23275 $235.00


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: XF 45
Points: 856
Owner: BIGTEE44
 
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