1842 Half Dollars by Variety | Seated Liberty Half Dollars by Date | Half Dollars by Type

Obverse of 1842 Half Dollar - Medium Date, Large Letters Reverse     Reverse of 1842 Half Dollar - Medium Date, Large Letters Reverse

Medium Date, Large Letters Reverse

PCGS No: 6239

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 Superior Galleries

Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
1842 half dollar from the wreck of the S.S. Central America.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 912, illustrated, sold for $1,265.00.  The obverse was well-protected at the bottom of the Atlantic with VG or better detail and a bare minimum of corrosion, the reverse was exposed where it was not partially exposed by another coin and heavily corroded at the left side, the large right portion of the reverse not substantially affected.


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