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1839 HALF DOLLAR -
SEATED LIBERTY
(see also 1839 Half Dollar - Capped Bust)

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 1,972,400
Proofs: est. 5

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, executed by Christian Gobrecht; reverse by Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 30 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight:  206 grains ( 13.4 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) below the eagle on the reverse

Varieties:
With Drapery 
Without Drapery

Notes:
The finest "No Drapery" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65's.

The finest "Drapery" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65's.

The finest "No Drapery" Proof example graded by PCGS are 2 PR-63's.

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof 63 - One of two or three known in Proof.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1752, "No Drapery", illustrated, sold for $120,750.00   Ex Stack's Reed Hawn Sale, 8/73:125

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated, close to Gem.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 79, "No Drapery", plated, sold for $11,500.00

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1733, "No Drapery" unsold

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8379, "No Drapery", not illustrated, not sold

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 991, "No Drapery", not plated, sold for $891.25

ANACS AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8378, "No Drapery", not illustrated, sold for $2,070.00  From the Collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko

ANACS EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1296, $546.25

Very Fine/Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 992, "No Drapery", not plated, sold for $299.00

VF-20.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1735, "No Drapery", sold for $287.50

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service