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1839 50C RE, Capped, Lg. Letters (Regular Strike)

Series: Capped Bust Half Dollars 1807-1839

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

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REVERSE COMPARISON

REVERSE COMPARISON

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
6179
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
13.36 grams
Mintage:
1,392,976
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 3,500 R-4.3 3 / 4 55 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 3 / 4 55 / 78
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 1 / 4 TIE 42 / 78 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 3,500
60 or Better 200
65 or Better 10
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.3
60 or Better R-7.0
65 or Better R-9.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 3 / 4
60 or Better 3 / 4
65 or Better 1 / 4 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 55 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 55 / 78
65 or Better 42 / 78 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Lawrence Stack type set, sold intact in 1/2003 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2016:4009, $51,700 - Dr. Charles Link Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 6/1992 - Haig A. Koshkarian Collection - American Numismatic Rarities "Classics Sale" 3/2004:82, $25,300 - Dale Friend Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 3/2004:1473 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30480, $38,187.50 - Dr. Charles Link Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2015:4131, $39,950

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 estimated grade
2 MS65 estimated grade
9 MS64 PCGS grade
9 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Lawrence Stack type set, sold intact in 1/2003 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2016:4009, $51,700 - Dr. Charles Link Collection

MS65 PCGS grade #2 MS65 PCGS grade

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 6/1992 - Haig A. Koshkarian Collection - American Numismatic Rarities "Classics Sale" 3/2004:82, $25,300 - Dale Friend Collection

#2 MS65 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 3/2004:1473 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30480, $38,187.50 - Dr. Charles Link Collection

#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2015:4131, $39,950

#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 estimated grade
#2 MS65 estimated grade
#9 MS64 PCGS grade
#9 MS64 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1839 Capped Bust Half Dollar is the second rarest of the four dates in this series; only the 1836 Reeded Edge boasts a smaller mintage. Calling this an 1839 Reeded Edge Half Dollar is incorrect, since the 1839 Seated Liberty Half Dollar also has a Reeded Edge. However, the connection goes even further than that. The 1839 Capped Bust Half Dollar comes with two different reverses: Large Letters and Small Letters. In actuality, the size of the lettering is almost identical, so we must rely on other characteristics to differentiate the reverses:

1. Large Letters Reverse - legends close to the outer border. Eagle larger, with olive leaves and arrowheads closer to the border. This design was a holdover from 1838. Common.

2. Smsall Letters Reverse - legends farther away from the borders. Eagle smaller, with olive leaves and arrowheads well away from the border. This is the design that was also used on 1839 Seated Liberty Half Dollars. Rare.

Mint State examples of the 1839 Capped Bust, Large Letters Reverse Half Dollar are somewhat scarce, though not nearly as plentifuol as the 1836 Reeded Edge and the 1839-O. Gems are quite rare, with only a handful of PCGS MS65 examples known. The finest example is a single PCGS MS66.