Description and Analysis
Seated Liberty Half Dollars
1842 SM DATE SM LET 50C MS
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.