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: $6.96 (9/17/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1842 SM DATE LG LET 50C MS obverse 1842 SM DATE LG LET 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1842(P) half dollars bearing the Small Date style of 1839-41 comprise a minority of this year's output. The Wiley-Bugert book identified just two obverse dies, though this was prior to discovery of the Small Date, Small Letters variety. Walter Breen provided a reconstructed mintage of 191,000 pieces for all Small Date halves.

This issue carries a strong premium in Mint State grades, these being quite rare. Circulated examples are available to collectors at only a modest advance over prices for the Medium Date issue.

Six die marriages have been observed, these combining two obverse dies with five reverses. The only variety of particular interest is that having a distinctly doubled reverse die (WB-103, FS-801). NGC will attribute this under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1842 SM DATE LG LET 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 65.00 100.00 110 205 360 520 585 715 1030 1560 1890 2375 5000 8000 33500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 3400 - 18500 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 59
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1842 SM DATE LG LET 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-2-1257321113-5331------58
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--------------2-------2
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Total-2-1257321113-5451------61
 -3 %-2 %3 %8 %11 %5 %3 %18 %21 %-8 %7 %8 %2 %------ 
1842 SM DATE LG LET 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1---------1
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Total------------1---------1
 ------------100 %--------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Price
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 939 $805.00
6/9/2014 NGC VF 25   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20368 $144.53
4/22/2015 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1219/Lot# 4469 $3,407.50
7/9/2015 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(4), 1222/Lot# 7404 $229.13
2/4/2016 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1232/Lot# 3960 $1,116.25
4/27/2016 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1234/Lot# 7902 $910.63
6/8/2017 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1256/Lot# 3665 $10,281.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 SM DATE 50C MS LG LET
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17213522027232050265394911131325145016091969240131034431853413320210043343139797
2593163237288381552752100411841367150317292113263535465799101291588125146355530
00000055275210041184136715031729211326353546579910129158812514600
00000060385010581254140815561849225728693988716611725184432928900
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Grade: VF Details
Points: 136
Owner: 123cents
 
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