1839 50C Seated, Drapery (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

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No Drapery vs With Drapery

No Drapery vs With Drapery

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS #:
6232
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
13.36 grams
Mintage:
1,872,400
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 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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,200
60 or Better 75
65 or Better 3
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.9
60 or Better R-8.2
65 or Better R-9.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 53 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 44 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 13 / 66 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 90 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 71 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 18 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade

Rev. Dr. James G.K. McClure Collection - Heritage 6/2016:4527, $15,275 - Heritage 1/2017:5663, $15,275

1 MS65+ PCGS grade

Stack's 1/2002:1451, $6,900 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30483, $14,100 - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 10/2015:37, not sold - Stack's/Bowers 4/2016:13078, $14,100

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Mid-American Rare Coin Auctions 2/1985:481 - James Bennett Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:98 - Heritage 10/2009:673, $13,800 - D. Brent Pogue Collection, Part V - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 3/2017:5027, $21,150

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Richard B. Winsor Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 12/1895:??? - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1915, $12,100 - Palakika Collection - Heritage 5/2007:2133, $18,400

5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS65+ PCGS grade

Rev. Dr. James G.K. McClure Collection - Heritage 6/2016:4527, $15,275 - Heritage 1/2017:5663, $15,275

#1 MS65+ PCGS grade

Stack's 1/2002:1451, $6,900 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30483, $14,100 - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 10/2015:37, not sold - Stack's/Bowers 4/2016:13078, $14,100

#3 MS65 PCGS grade

Mid-American Rare Coin Auctions 2/1985:481 - James Bennett Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:98 - Heritage 10/2009:673, $13,800 - D. Brent Pogue Collection, Part V - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 3/2017:5027, $21,150

#3 MS65 PCGS grade

Richard B. Winsor Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 12/1895:??? - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1915, $12,100 - Palakika Collection - Heritage 5/2007:2133, $18,400

#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
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