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Obverse of 1840 Half Dollar     Reverse of 1840 Half Dollar


1840 HALF DOLLAR

PCGS No: 6384

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,435,008
Proofs: est. 10

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

Images courtesy of Ron Guth

Notes:
The finest "1839 Reverse" examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-66's.

The finest "New Orleans, Rev. 1838" examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-64's.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65.

Significant examples:
PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Norweb

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5994, "Doubled Date", illustrated, sold for $7,820.00

AU-55, Lightly Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5626, "Rev of1839", not illustrated, sold for $230.00 

Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 993, "Medium Letters", not plated, sold for $368.00

EF/VF.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 426, "Medium Letters", sold for $517.50

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