Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,435,008
Catalog: KM-68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.36g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.88 (5/2/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C MS obverse 1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Along with the 1839, the 1840-O (and the unique 1842), the 1840 Reverse of 1839 is the only issue in the entire Seated half dollar series to display small letters on the reverse. The latter issue is more common than both the 1839 and 1840-O in all grades.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/16/2015

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1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 42.00 57.00 78.00 120 250 330 435 625 725 925 1050 1550 3100 8750 22500 - - - -
$ 270 - 470 690 800 - 1150 1700 3400 9750 25000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 232
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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5/1/2016 MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1234/Lot# 7895


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2/10/2008 NGC AU 53   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 316 $348.00
4/17/2008 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 239, 245/Lot# 8854 $143.75
5/28/2008 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 652 $12,650.00
11/7/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(4), 1161/Lot# 8001 $218.50
10/21/2012 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 3367, 3367/Lot# 1736 $120.00
6/30/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/30/2013, 81/Lot# 121972 $237.60
4/14/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20278 $470.00
2/6/2015 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 2041 $14,100.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 SMALL LETTERS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base117122729842372576487410441303142115311634175321613057487671388190127001990824286
581902513405247388019311130134214581565167418892460366356307489969315103213670
000000801931113013421458156516741889246036635630748996931510300
0000008379871217138214941600171320252758427063847839111971750500
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1421
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 856
Owner: BIGTEE44
 
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