1840 50C Reverse of 1839 AU58

CERTIFICATION#: 21152294
PCGS#: 6234

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In 1840, the Mint produced Half Dollars with two distinctly different reverses.  The "correct" version is the so-called Reverse of 1839, which has small letters that were placed into the die well away from the rim.  This style was used from 1839 through 1841. 

The anomaly for the year is the so-called Reverse of 1838, which has slightly larger letters that are very close to the denticles.  Actually, this variety was struck in New Orleans, where none of the reverses bore a mintmark, and where Mint employees engaged in a cost-saving measure by utilizing a die from a previous year.

The 1840 Reverse of 1839 Half Dollar is a fairly plentiful coin, and one which can be found in Mint State with relative ease.  In fact, among the Half Dollars from the 1840s, this is the second most common date after the 1843.  The finest examples top out at the MS65 level.

 

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,323,008 Weight: 13.36 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
2
29
1
3
33
4
60
6
65
2
10
80
1
15
100
3
45+
360
50+
435
53+
515
55+
650
58+
775
60
900
5
62+
1,700
63+
2,350
64+
4,250
2
65+
17,500

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,700 R-4.7 59 / 66 TIE 105 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 120 R-7.8 57 / 66 TIE 89 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 15 R-9.3 35 / 66 TIE 63 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade   Stack’s/Bowers 11/2012:3141, $25,300
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade