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Coins Certified as of 9/2

My Coin #-32367

1839 50C RE, Capped, Lg. Letters XF45

CERTIFICATION#: -32367
PCGS#: 6179

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by David Akers Numismatics May '98 Price realized $302.5

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1839 Capped Bust Half Dollar is the second rarest of the four dates in this series; only the 1836 Reeded Edge boasts a smaller mintage.  Calling this an 1839 Reeded Edge Half Dollar is incorrect, since the 1839 Seated Liberty Half Dollar also has a Reeded Edge.  However, the connection goes even further than that.  The 1839 Capped Bust Half Dollar comes with two different reverses: Large Letters and Small Letters.  In actuality, the size of the lettering is almost identical, so we must rely on other characteristics to differentiate the reverses:

1. Large Letters Reverse - legends close to the outer border.  Eagle larger, with olive leaves and arrowheads closer to the border.  This design was a holdover from 1838.  Common.

2. Smsall Letters Reverse - legends farther away from the borders.  Eagle smaller, with olive leaves and arrowheads well away from the border.  This is the design that was also used on 1839 Seated Liberty Half Dollars.   Rare.

Mint State examples of the 1839 Capped Bust, Large Letters Reverse Half Dollar are somewhat scarce, though not nearly as plentifuol as the 1836 Reeded Edge and the 1839-O.  Gems are quite rare, with only a handful of PCGS MS65 examples known.  The finest example is a single PCGS MS66.

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,392,976 Weight: 13.36 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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475
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1,050
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2,000
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3,750
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7,500
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31,000

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 3,500 R-4.3 3 / 4 55 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 3 / 4 55 / 78
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 1 / 4 TIE 42 / 78 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 6/1992 - Haig A. Koshkarian Collection - American Numismatic Rarities "Classics Sale" 3/2004:82, $25,300

2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade