1842-O 50C Small Date, Rev 1839 XF45

PCGS#: 6238

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. Egolf; Stacks Sale (1961) Sold by David Akers Numismatics May '98 Price realized $8800

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In a survey of the members of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, published in the March 2008 issue of the Gobrecht Journal, the 1842-O Small Date Half Dollar was ranked fourth among the Ten Greatest New Orleans Seated Coins: "This is a very rare date that is usually found in average circulated grades.  It is very rare in mint state with the Eliasberg specimen being described as MS-62, prooflike, probably the finest known when it appeared at auction by Bowers and Merena in April 1997.  Only two respondents placed this issue at the top of their list but it received generally strong support with 67% of the members placing it in the 2nd through 8th position in their listing."

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 203,000 Weight: 13.36 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 100 R-8.0 4 / 66 5 / 126
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 4 / 66 TIE 7 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 66 1 / 126

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade Dick Osburn Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11446, not sold
2 MS62 estimated grade  

Louis Eliasberg, Sr. -
Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1921 -
Bowers & Merena 1/1999:72 -
Stack's-Bowers 8/2011:7011, not sold

4 AU58 PCGS grade  
4 AU58 PCGS grade