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

1839 50C Seated, Drapery (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65+

No Drapery vs With Drapery

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
6232
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
13.36 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,872,400
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$19,550 • NGC MS65 • 9-1-2008 • 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 1,200 R-4.9 53 / 66 TIE 90 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 75 R-8.2 44 / 66 TIE 71 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 13 / 66 TIE 18 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade

Stack's 1/2002:1451 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30483, $14,100

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

Stack's 1/2002:1451 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30483, $14,100

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: 1839 Seated Liberty Half Dollars come in two variations: Wiith Drapery and Without Drapery, referring to the fold of drapery (or lack thereof) beneath Liberty's left arm (viewer's right).  The earliest version of the 1839 Seated Liberty Half Dollar match the 1838's in that there is no drapery below Liberty's elbow.  Later in 1839, engravers added drapery to balance out the dessign.  Subsequent to this change, and "No Drapery" varieties are unintentional and were caused when over-zealous polishing removed the drapery from the die, either partially or fully.

Across all grades, the 1839 Drapery Half Dollar is slightly less common than the No Drapery inb