One of the rarest varieties in any series of U. That means that this coin went undetected by collectors, dealers, and numismatists for 159 years! This coin would make a great addition to a PCGS Registry Set; only 3 specimens have been graded at PCGS in any grade! In addition to this coin, PCGS has certified a G06 specimen, as well as an MS64. A total of 4 specimens are currently known.
Also known as the Reverse of 1839, and this coin is certified as such on the PCGS insert. Christian Gobrecht's original obverse design for the Seated Liberty half dollar featured small digits in the date, a design that was used from 1839 through early 1842; later in 1842, the Medium Date die came into use.
The coin itself is a problem-free VF20 example that shows light gray patina over each side. This is probably the most underrated Seated Liberty Half Dollar in existence. When compared to the 1853-O No Arrows, of which also only 4 are known, this coin is an underrated red-headed step child.Both the 1853-O No Arrows and the 1817/4 are classic rarities that everyone knows, yet for some reason the 1842 Small Date, Reverse of 1839 is still in the shadows, unrecognized by all but the most ardent numismatists. This will change as time passes and more collectors realize the extent of its true unavailability. How and why was this coin made? Instead of the Medium Letters reverse that was used from 1842 and onward, a Small Letters reverse of the type used from 1839 to 1841 was installed in the coining press.
Make no mistake; this is a major variety. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins: US\Half Dollars\Seated Liberty (1839-91)". The seller is "bonserandgamboa" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.