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1840 50C Reverse of 1839 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

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LETTERS COMPARISON

LETTERS COMPARISON

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
6234
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
13.36 grams
Mintage:
1,323,008
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
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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 1,700 R-4.7 59 / 66 TIE 105 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 120 R-7.8 57 / 66 TIE 89 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 15 R-9.3 35 / 66 TIE 63 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,700
60 or Better 120
65 or Better 15
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.7
60 or Better R-7.8
65 or Better R-9.3
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 59 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 57 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 35 / 66 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 105 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 89 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 63 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack's 12/1975:499 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4282, $21,150 - Ray Levoi Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack’s/Bowers 11/2012:3141, $25,300 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98477, $18,800

1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack's 12/1975:499 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4282, $21,150 - Ray Levoi Collection

#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack’s/Bowers 11/2012:3141, $25,300 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98477, $18,800

#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#7 MS65 PCGS grade
#7 MS65 PCGS grade
#7 MS65 PCGS grade
#7 MS65 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

In 1840, the Mint produced Half Dollars with two distinctly different reverses. The "correct" version is the so-called Reverse of 1839, which has small letters that were placed into the die well away from the rim. This style was used from 1839 through 1841.

The anomaly for the year is the so-called Reverse of 1838, which has slightly larger letters that are very close to the denticles. Actually, this variety was struck in New Orleans, where none of the reverses bore a mintmark, and where Mint employees engaged in a cost-saving measure by utilizing a die from a previous year.

The 1840 Reverse of 1839 Half Dollar is a fairly plentiful coin, and one which can be found in Mint State with relative ease. In fact, among the Half Dollars from the 1840s, this is the second most common date after the 1843. The finest examples top out at the MS65 level.