The Eliasberg 1840 Small Letters Reverse MS 66 NGC1840 Reverse of 1839 MS 66 NGC. Small Letters. Eliasberg. This variety has the small letters as seen on the 1839 issue, as opposed to the medium letters and larger eagle as seen on the 1838 Reeded Edge half dollar. The small letters reverse is the more obtainable of the two 1840 issues in mint state, but can still be accurately described as scarce in Mint State. This is a gem, moderately toned example that exhibits a pleasing original, gray-gold patina with bright luster beneath. The strike is above average although some of the radials of the stars are not fully defined. This is the finest example thus far certified by NGC, PCGS has graded 3 MS 66s.
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24GM, PCGS# 6234)
Weight: 13.36 grams
Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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