1839 50C Seated, No Drapery MS62

CERTIFICATION#: 10007652
PCGS#: 6230

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1839 "No Drapery" Half Dollar is named after it's most obvious feature -- the lack of a fold of drapery beneath Liberty's left arm (the one on the viewer's right). Later in the year, the obverse design was modified, not only by adding the drapery, but by changing the shape of the rock on which Liberty sits, and by altering the folds in her gown. 

According to the PCGS Population Report (as of June 2011), the 1839 No Drapery Half Dollar is slighly more scarce than the 1839 With Drapery Half Dollar, not only in all grades, but in Mint State, as well.  The most frequently-seen Mint State grade is MS-63 (11 graded).  The 1839 No Drapery Half Dollar becomes very scarce in MS-64 and authentically rare in MS-65 (3 graded).  None have been graded finer.

 

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 100,000 Weight: 13.36 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
1
55
1
2
45
1
8
200
12
350
4
45+
2,400
50+
3,350
53+
3,750
55+
4,500
58+
6,000
60
7,500
1
62+
13,500
63+
32,500

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,500 R-4.8 1 / 1 99 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 1 / 1 51 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 1 / 1 18 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade  

Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 1/2011:5558 - Heritage 8/2011:7161, not sold

2 MS65 PCGS grade Heritage 4/2011:5147, $115,000 - Heritage 8/3/2012:5150, $152,750
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade