1842 LIBERTY SEATED 50C, MEDIUM DATE MS65
MEDIUM DATE. ONLY 1 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
1842 experienced the three-days-long Lombard Street Riot in Philadelphia. Celebrating the eighth anniversary of the end of slavery in the British colonies in the West Indies, a parade was put on by the Young Men’s Vigilant Association, a predominantly black abolitionist organization. The parade was attacked by a Catholic mob and the city was thrown into chaos. The mod headed for the house of the parade organizer, Robert Purvis with the intention of burning it down. While on their way, the mob was confronted by a Catholic priest who was able to convince the men to turn around. This 1842 half dollar, minted in Philadelphia, may have experienced this destructive event.