Only five examples of the 1839 Seated Liberty half dollar are known
to have been struck in Proof.
Four of those Proofs are the No Drapery variant, attributed as
WB-101 in the Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half Dollars by
Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert.
One of the four WB-101 coins is being offered in Heritage Auctions’ June
23 sale in New York of the Eugene H. Gardner Collection of United
The 646-lot auction is slated to be held at the Ukrainian
Institute of America at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion, 2 E. 79th
St., in New York City.
Gardner’s Proof 1839 Seated Liberty, No Drapery half dollar is
graded Proof 64 by Professional Coin Grading Service.
According to Heritage’s auction lot description, Proof examples of
the 1839 Seated Liberty half dollar were purportedly struck on Aug.
13, 1839, at the Philadelphia Mint.
All are struck from a reverse die showing an extensive die crack on
the lower part of the reverse. Some exhibit a second, bisecting crack
by the lowest olive leaf, extending into the R in AMERICA. The Gardner
example is believed to be the only example from the five identified
Proof 1839 half dollars that does not exhibit the second, bisecting
For more information, visit the Heritage Auctions website.