1839 50C Seated, Drapery MS63

CERTIFICATION#: -32382
PCGS#: 6232

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. Bauer Sale (1945) Sold by David Akers Numismatics May '98 Price realized $935

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: 1839 Seated Liberty Half Dollars come in two variations: Wiith Drapery and Without Drapery, referring to the fold of drapery (or lack thereof) beneath Liberty's left arm (viewer's right).  The earliest version of the 1839 Seated Liberty Half Dollar match the 1838's in that there is no drapery below Liberty's elbow.  Later in 1839, engravers added drapery to balance out the dessign.  Subsequent to this change, and "No Drapery" varieties are unintentional and were caused when over-zealous polishing removed the drapery from the die, either partially or fully.

Across all grades, the 1839 Drapery Half Dollar is slightly less common than the No Drapery inb

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,872,400 Weight: 13.36 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
2
29
1
3
32
4
49
1
6
53
8
65
1
10
71
2
15
105
1
45+
250
50+
365
53+
440
55+
625
58+
1,150
60
1,350
1
62+
2,100
63+
3,000
64+
7,250

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,200 R-4.9 53 / 66 TIE 90 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 75 R-8.2 44 / 66 TIE 71 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 13 / 66 TIE 18 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Stack's 1/2002:1451 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30483, $14,100

1 MS65 PCGS grade   Heritage 11/2009:673
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade