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: $6.82 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1842 SM DATE LG LET 50C PF obverse 1842 SM DATE LG LET 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

All confirmed proofs of the 1842 half dollar are from dies having a Small Date and Large Letters. Some eight pieces are known.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/28/2019

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1842 SM DATE LG LET 50C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 11200 13300 16900 24200 50000 57000 60500 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1842 SM DATE LG LET 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1-111----4
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Total-------------1-111----4
 -------------25 %-25 %25 %25 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/16/2008 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 2381 $69,000.00
1/3/2012 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(1), 1166/Lot# 3246 $43,125.00
1/9/2013 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1181/Lot# 5656 $39,656.25
6/23/2014 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30527 $44,062.50
1/7/2015 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1216/Lot# 4142 $42,300.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 SM DATE 50C PF LG LET
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4290437544854588469447934888500451155222534754475747610564596820719875927999230954278078341
4318441145194623472748244926504151505263538055475866622365796946732977271303129656546330
000000492650415150526353805547586662236579694673297727130312965600
000000496550785186530554135647598563416699707274607863180633621800
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