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1840 (O) 50C Reverse of 1838 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

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REVERSE COMPARISON

REVERSE COMPARISON

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS #:
6233
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
13.36 grams
Mintage:
112,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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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 400 R-6.2 10 / 66 TIE 21 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 10 / 66 TIE 15 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 66 1 / 126
Survival Estimate
All Grades 400
60 or Better 10
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.2
60 or Better R-9.5
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 10 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 10 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 66
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 21 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 15 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 126

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 estimated grade
4 MS63 PCGS grade
4 MS63 estimated grade
4 MS63 estimated grade
4 MS63 estimated grade
8 MS62 PCGS grade
8 MS62 PCGS grade
8 MS62 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 estimated grade
#4 MS63 PCGS grade
#4 MS63 estimated grade
#4 MS63 estimated grade
#4 MS63 estimated grade
#8 MS62 PCGS grade
#8 MS62 PCGS grade
#8 MS62 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

This is a very interesting variety that pairs an 1840 Seated Liberty obverse with a reverse die that was used to strike a Capped Bust Half Dollar! Though this is quite unusual in itself, comparison with 1839 Capped Bust Half Dollars revealed that the reverse came not from a Philadelphia Mint coin, but from one minted at New Orleans! This can be explained by the fact that, in 1838 and 1839, the "O" mintmark was placed on the the obverse of the Half Dollar, not the reverse. So, it seems that the New Orleans Mint was practicing a little economy back in 1840, when it reused an old die from 1839 to strike 1840 Half Dollars. This is a perfectly reasonable thing to do and was not without precedent...it is just that dated obverses are a lot easier to tell than a reverse without a mintmark. Thankfully, research into die varieties on American coins has progressed far enough to make such a determination.