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SERIES: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1839 50C Seated, No Drapery (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65

No Drapery vs With Drapery

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
6230
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
13.36 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
100,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$172,500 • NGC MS67 • 1-5-2011 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,500 R-4.8 1 / 1 99 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 1 / 1 51 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 1 / 1 18 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade  

Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 1/2011:5558 - Heritage 8/2011:7161, not sold

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2011:5147, $115,000 - Heritage 8/3/2012:5150, $152,750

2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade  

Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 1/2011:5558 - Heritage 8/2011:7161, not sold

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2011:5147, $115,000 - Heritage 8/3/2012:5150, $152,750

2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1839 "No Drapery" Half Dollar is named after it's most obvious feature -- the lack of a fold of drapery beneath Liberty's left arm (the one on the viewer's right). Later in the year, the obverse design was modified, not only by adding the drapery, but by changing the shape of the rock on which Liberty sits, and by altering the folds in her gown. 

According to the PCGS Population Report (as of June 2011), the 1839 No Drapery Half Dollar is slighly more scarce than the 1839 With Drapery Half Dollar, not only in all grades, but in Mint State, as well.  The most frequently-seen Mint State grade is MS-63 (11 graded).  The 1839 No Drapery Half Dollar becomes very scarce in MS-64 and authentically rare in MS-65 (3 graded).  None have been graded finer.