1840-O 50C VG10

CERTIFICATION#: -39310
PCGS#: 6235

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $1

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: With a mintage of nearly 900,000 coins, the 1840-O Half Dollar is a relatively common coin.  The survival rate of this date is higher than most of the other O-Mint dates from the 1840s, though it is not as high as the 1845-O or the 1846-O.  Mint State examples are somewhat scarce, but can be found frequently in grades up to MS63.  No Gems exist, though a few MS64s come close.

The strike on the 1840-O Half Dollar is above-average for a New Orleans product.  Mintmark sizes and positions vary.  One variety has a rather obvious die break that splits the lower reverse nearly in two.

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 855,100 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 700 R-5.6 38 / 66 TIE 64 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 30 R-8.9 19 / 66 TIE 32 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 66 1 / 126

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 estimated grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade

Richard Jewell Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4111, $10,575

2 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS63+ PCGS grade  
4 MS63+ PCGS grade