1843 HALF DOLLAR
PCGS Nos: 6243, 6387
Circulation strikes: 3,844,000
Proofs: est. 10
by Thomas Sully, executed by Christian Gobrecht; reverse by Christian
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%
grains (±13.4 grams)
Mintmark: None (for
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) below the eagle on the reverse
Images courtesy of
NGC Proof-64. Ex -
Numismatic Gallery, June 13, 1947, sold for $70.00 - John Jay Pittman -
David Akers "Pittman, Part II", May 1998, Lot 1527 - Bowers
& Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot
305, illustrated, sold for $27,600.00
"Choice Proof". Ex - Judge Joseph F. Sawicki, May 10, 1948, sold as
part of a complete copper and silver Proof set (in an original case) for
$225.00 - John Jay Pittman - David Akers Numismatics, Inc.
"The John Jay Pittman Collection", October 21-23, 1997, Lot 832f,
illustrated, "...two edge nicks, including one on the obverse rim
above the 11th star and another above the D in UNITED...There is a die
break that literally bisects the reverse and runs from the rim between E
and S of STATES, through the eagle's head, down through the body of the
eagle to the top left serif of the F in HALF...This crack is
characteristic of Proof 1843 Half Dollars...", sold as part of the complete 1843 Proof set
(still in the original case) to which Pittman had added the Proof 1843
Quarter Eagle, Half Eagle, and Eagle! This set may be complete set
that appeared in the 1895 Winsor sale as Lot 1067, said to have been
presented to President Tyler.
1848 half dollar from the wreck of the
S.S. Central America, about
VG in terms of wear.
Ex – American
Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,”
July 25, 2003
915, illustrated, sold for $1,035.00
No circulation strikes appear to have
been made from the die combination used to strike Proofs. All Proof
examples show a vertical crack bisecting the reverse, beginning at the top
of the reverse between the E and S of STATES.
The finest Uncirculated
example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.
The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-63.
Sources and/or recommended
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The
Professional Coin Grading Service