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1839 50C Seated, No 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 #:
6230
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
13.36 grams
Mintage:
100,000
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
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 1,500 R-4.8 1 / 1 99 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 1 / 1 51 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 1 / 1 18 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,500
60 or Better 50
65 or Better 3
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.8
60 or Better R-8.5
65 or Better R-9.8
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 99 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 51 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 18 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade

Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 1/2011:5558 - Heritage 8/2011:7161, not sold

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2011:5147, $115,000 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7356, not sold - Heritage 8/3/2012:5150, $152,750

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Lawrence Stack Type Set, sold privately in 1/2003 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 3/2017:5026

2 MS65 PCGS grade
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 MS66 estimated grade

Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 1/2011:5558 - Heritage 8/2011:7161, not sold

#2 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2011:5147, $115,000 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7356, not sold - Heritage 8/3/2012:5150, $152,750

#2 MS65 PCGS grade

Lawrence Stack Type Set, sold privately in 1/2003 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 3/2017:5026

#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#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:

The 1839 "No Drapery" Half Dollar is named after it's most obvious feature -- the lack of a fold of drapery beneath Liberty's left arm (the one on the viewer's right). Later in the year, the obverse design was modified, not only by adding the drapery, but by changing the shape of the rock on which Liberty sits, and by altering the folds in her gown.

According to the PCGS Population Report (as of June 2011), the 1839 No Drapery Half Dollar is slighly more scarce than the 1839 With Drapery Half Dollar, not only in all grades, but in Mint State, as well. The most frequently-seen Mint State grade is MS-63 (11 graded). The 1839 No Drapery Half Dollar becomes very scarce in MS-64 and authentically rare in MS-65 (3 graded). None have been graded finer.