Owner's Comments

WB-11 EDS R6

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

With a mintage of nearly 900,000 coins, the 1840-O Half Dollar is a relatively common coin.  The survival rate of this date is higher than most of the other O-Mint dates from the 1840s, though it is not as high as the 1845-O or the 1846-O.  Mint State examples are somewhat scarce, but can be found frequently in grades up to MS63.  No Gems exist, though a few MS64s come close.

The strike on the 1840-O Half Dollar is above-average for a New Orleans product.  Mintmark sizes and positions vary.  One variety has a rather obvious die break that splits the lower reverse nearly in two.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
855100
Weight
13.36 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
37
Pop Lower
257
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 700 R-5.6 38 / 66 TIE 64 / 126 TIE
All Grades 30 R-8.9 19 / 66 TIE 32 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 66 1 / 126

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Walwrath Collection - Numismatic Gallery 5/1948:694 - John Jay Pittman Collection - David Akers 5/1998:1521, $33,000 - Stellar Collection - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 5/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98478, $36,718.75 - D.L. Hansen Collection

2 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2010:4947, $8,050 - Richard C. Jewell Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4111, $10,575 - Heritage 1/2015:4903, $7,637.50

2 MS64 PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 2/2016:228, $9,693.75

4 MS63+ PCGS grade
4 MS63+ PCGS grade