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1839 50C No Drapery (Proof)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS PR64+

PCGS PR64+

PCGS #:
6381
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
13.36 grams
Mintage:
4
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 3 R-9.8 1 / 1 4 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 1 / 1 4 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 1 1 / 55
Survival Estimate
All Grades 3
60 or Better 3
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-9.8
60 or Better R-9.8
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 1 / 1
60 or Better 1 / 1
65 or Better 1 / 1
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 4 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 4 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 55

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 PR64+ PCGS grade

Findley Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3861, $184,000 - Heritage 4/2009:2481, $241,500 - Heritage 1/2013:5653, $199,750 - Heritage 11/2013:3621, $223,250

2 PR64 PCGS grade

Reed Hawn Collection - Stack’s 8/1973:125 - Bowers & Merena 8/1999:200 (cited in Heritage 1/2007 catalog) - Benson Collection - Goldbergs 2/2001:1752, $120,750 - Richmond Collection - Superior 8/2002:973, $115,000 - David Lawrence 3/2005:1784, $201,250 - Heritage 1/2007:988, $172,500 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30526, $135,125 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:3123, not sold

3 PR63 estimated grade Bibliotheque Nationale Library Collection in France
4 PR62 estimated grade

F.C.C. Boyd - Numismatic Gallery "World's Greatest Collection" 4/1945:246 - Abe Kosoff "ANA Sale" 1946:812 - Stack's 3/1965:440 - Stack's "ANA Sale" 8/1976:1172 - Stack's 12/1985:942 - Worrell Collection - Superior 9/1993:712 - Phil Kaufman - Heritage 4/2008:2376, $138,000 - Heritage 8/2010:3167, $69,000

4 PR62 estimated grade

“Unknown previous pedigree, possibly the coin discovered in a European collection by Marc Emory in 1981” (per the Heritage 2015 catalog) - Stack's 10/1996:300 - George "Buddy" Byers Collection - Stack's 10/2006:1113, $54,625 - Heritage 1/2015:4141, $56,400 - Heritage 2/2016:3238, not sold

#1 PR64+ PCGS grade

Findley Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3861, $184,000 - Heritage 4/2009:2481, $241,500 - Heritage 1/2013:5653, $199,750 - Heritage 11/2013:3621, $223,250

#2 PR64 PCGS grade

Reed Hawn Collection - Stack’s 8/1973:125 - Bowers & Merena 8/1999:200 (cited in Heritage 1/2007 catalog) - Benson Collection - Goldbergs 2/2001:1752, $120,750 - Richmond Collection - Superior 8/2002:973, $115,000 - David Lawrence 3/2005:1784, $201,250 - Heritage 1/2007:988, $172,500 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30526, $135,125 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:3123, not sold

#3 PR63 estimated grade
Bibliotheque Nationale Library Collection in France
#4 PR62 estimated grade

F.C.C. Boyd - Numismatic Gallery "World's Greatest Collection" 4/1945:246 - Abe Kosoff "ANA Sale" 1946:812 - Stack's 3/1965:440 - Stack's "ANA Sale" 8/1976:1172 - Stack's 12/1985:942 - Worrell Collection - Superior 9/1993:712 - Phil Kaufman - Heritage 4/2008:2376, $138,000 - Heritage 8/2010:3167, $69,000

#4 PR62 estimated grade

“Unknown previous pedigree, possibly the coin discovered in a European collection by Marc Emory in 1981” (per the Heritage 2015 catalog) - Stack's 10/1996:300 - George "Buddy" Byers Collection - Stack's 10/2006:1113, $54,625 - Heritage 1/2015:4141, $56,400 - Heritage 2/2016:3238, not sold

David Hall:

There are two to four known proofs. The finest known is the PCGS graded PR64 from the Reed Hawn collection. The Bibliotheque Nationale Library collection in France has a PR63 (or perhaps PR64) specimen that has been in the collection since 1858. The PR62 Boyd-Kaufman coin is a little controversial as a few experts question its proof status. Obviously this is a very rare proof issue and it has added importance as it is both the first issue of the Seated Liberty half dollar series and it is a one year only type coin.