1840 Seated Liberty Half Dollars : Small Letters - Reverse of 1839

Type 1 - No Motto

Mintage: 1,435,008
Minted at: Philadelphia

Designer - Engraver: Christian Gobrecht
Metal Composition: 90% Silver - 10% Copper

Diameter: 30.6 mm
Mass / Weight: 13.36 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1840 Seated Liberty Half Dollar - Small Letters - Reverse of 1839
One major variety of the 1840 Seated Liberty Half Dollar features the reverse of 1839 design which included a smaller eagle and small letters as depicted above. This coin was minted at the Philadelphia Mint.

The variety with the medium letters was actually struck using a die from the reverse of an older 1838 half dollar and was produced at the New Orleans - but did not have a mintmark on the coin! The difference between the 1840 Medium Letters vs Small Letters (Reverse of 1838 vs Reverse of 1839) is depicted below in the example comparison image of the coins:

1840 Small Letters vs Medium Letters Seated Liberty Half Dollar - Difference and Comparison
Coin value chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth in USD based on grade/condition
Good
(G-4)
Very Good
(VG-8)
Fine
(F-12)
Very Fine
(VF-20)
Extremely Fine
(EF-40)
About Uncirculated
(AU-50)
Uncirculated
(MS-60)
Uncirculated
(MS-63)
Proof
(PR-63)
$44$57$67$101$178$282$590$1,309-

The 1840 Seated Liberty Half Dollar (Small Letters - Reverse of 1839 Variety) is worth $57 in average condition and can be worth $590 or more in uncirculated mint condition. Click here to learn how to use coin price charts. Also, click here to learn about grading coins. The Melt Value shown below is how valuable the coin's metal is worth (bare minimum value of coin). Click here to see the Melt Value of every US coin.


MELT VALUE: $6.4984







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