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1839 50C No Drapery MS64 PCGS. The 1839 No Drapery is an ...

2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346

 
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Auction Ended On: May 6, 2004
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Important 1839 No Drapery Seated Liberty Half Dollar MS64
1839 50C No Drapery MS64 PCGS. The 1839 No Drapery is an important transitional year type that was minted for only a single year, being the only coin in the series that displays Christian Gobrecht's original design for the Seated Liberty half dollar. The lack of drapery folds at Liberty's shoulder, as well as small letters around the reverse periphery allowed for considerable open field space on both sides. Despite its significance at the time of issue, relatively few pieces were spared from circulation and perhaps only a few dozen coins survive at the Mint State level.
The surfaces on this noteworthy example display excellent sharpness except for localized bluntness on the eagle's left (facing) leg and are covered in mottled rose-violet and emerald-green toning that leaves only a few pockets of near-brilliance on each side. A few scattered contact marks can be found on the portrait of Liberty and in the field to her right. The serious collector of United States type coins would do well do consider this remarkably preserved No Drapery Half. Population: 5 in 64, 2 finer (3/04). (#6230) (Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24GK, PCGS# 6230)

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