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    1839 No Drapery Seated Half, MS63
    Die Pair 1, Briefly Coined Subtype

    1839 50C No Drapery, WB-101, Die Pair 1, R.3, MS63 NGC. 1839 was a transitional year for the half dollar denomination. The Capped Bust design was out, and the Seated Liberty design was in. The first Seated halves lacked drapery below Liberty's raised elbow. When drapery was added later in the year, the No Drapery halves became a scarce single-year subtype. Select Mint State examples are rare. This coruscating silver-gray example displays the lengthy reverse cracks that identify it as the first die pair in Bill Bugert's Philadelphia Mint reference. The strike is sharp, and although the fields exhibit infrequent incidental contact, the quality and eye appeal are undeniable. Census: 6 in 63, 9 finer (3/21).
    From The Gibney Family Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 572000, Base PCGS# 6230)

    Weight: 13.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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