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: $7.05 (3/28/2017)
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

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: 8/3/2016

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1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 45.00 75.00 95.00 140 300 365 485 650 775 885 1000 1350 1800 3250 9750 23500 - - - -
$ - - 500 690 800 - - - - 4300 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 241
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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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
2/3/2011 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(5), 1152/Lot# 8222 $632.50
8/14/2011 NGC VF 35   Teletrade Auction 3118, 3118/Lot# 1726 $126.50
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4282 $21,150.00
8/31/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 216561 $100.00
3/31/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 33129 $352.50
4/19/2015 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131517/Lot# 27797 $282.00
2/4/2016 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1232/Lot# 3956 $705.00


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
 
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