1839 50C Seated, Drapery AU55 Certification #10751849, PCGS #6232

Expert Comments

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

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
1872400
Weight
13.36 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
76
Pop Lower
202
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 1200 R-4.9 53 / 66 TIE 90 / 126 TIE
All Grades 75 R-8.2 44 / 66 TIE 71 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 13 / 66 TIE 18 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade 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 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 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 MS64 PCGS grade