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: $10.88 (8/7/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C PF obverse 1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The number of proof 1840 half dollars coined is unknown, but five examples are confirmed to exist. All were struck from a single pair of dies. The obverse is readily identifiable by raised, concentric circles within the Liberty figure, these a remnant of the lathe turning process to create the die. The lines should have been polished away before it was hubbed, but this step was overlooked. The reverse reveals die engraver scratches projecting upward into the shield's chief, evidence that the engraver touched up the vertical red stripes, or gules.

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Last Updated: 4/19/2019

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1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C PF
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/4/2020 1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C PF
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C PF CA
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Base835486839022937097291009710290104761059610674107891086511264116751209612529129731357914207148551552516218
84638796913894899851101611035210516106221071210814109981140111815122401267713175137881442315078157560
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000000104141055610648107501083911131115381195512384128251337713997146391530100
1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C PF
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Base8064838587159055940497639952101331025010326104391051210902113031171412137125711316313776144111506615743
8171849588289171952398261001210172102751036310463106421103511440118551228112768133671398714629152910
000000100121017210275103631046310642110351144011855122811276813367139871462900
000000100721021110300104011048710772111691157711996124261296513571141991484700
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