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: $10.41 (9/18/2020)
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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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

The chart showing 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/15/2020 1842 SM DATE SM LET 50C MS
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NGC Registry

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