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1842 HALF DOLLAR

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 2,012,764
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, PA) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of David Akers Numismatics, Inc.

Varieties:
Small Date, Small Letters Reverse (Reverse
     of 1839) - Unique
Small Date, Large Letters Reverse 
Medium Date, Large Letters Reverse

Significant examples:
See variety listings

Recent appearances:
See variety listings

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated "Medium Date" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

The finest Uncirculated "Small Date, Rev. of 42" examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-64's.

The only "Small Date, Rev. of 39" example graded by PCGS is a single VG-VF.

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