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: $6.29 (7/21/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1842 SM DATE SM LET 50C MS obverse 1842 SM DATE SM LET 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

While nearly all 1842(P) half dollars feature the new reverse hub with Medium Letters, a precious few are known having the reverse type of 1839-41. This extremely rare transitional coin was unknown at the time the Wiley-Bugert book was published in 1993. Just a few examples have been verified, though it's possible that others may lie unsuspected in coin collections, since most hobbyists are completely unaware of this rarity.

A single die pair created this rarity, and the same obverse was used also for one of the Medium Letters marriages. The collar employed bears 148 reeds.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/31/2016

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1842 SM DATE SM LET 50C MS
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1
Low Grade: 64
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 64

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1842 SM DATE SM LET 50C MS
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Auction Prices Realized

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4/24/2013 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1184/Lot# 4271 $25,850.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 2082 $9,360.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 SM DATE 50C MS SM LET
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base620990133316832009363941414565479351585729576564739160100431016610470190502669238051551461
7431104145017922552380642824641491553485741600173699454100841026713330215973047843749551460
0000004282464149155348574160017369945410084102671333021597304784374900
0000004424471750365539575362378264974910125103691619024145342654944800
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