Coin Specifications

Category: Early Halves (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 6,412,004
Catalog: KM-37
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $8.18 (7/9/2014)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1834 50C MS obverse 1834 50C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

In early 1834, William Kneass reworked the entire obverse master die for John Reich's Capped Bust half dollar. Although we do not know whether this was done to improve the coining process or give Liberty a well deserved face-lift after nearly thirty years of production, it is obvious that the changes are not readily evident to the novice numismatist. Beginning in 1834, Liberty's head was slenderized and given more suitable facial features. While her neck was lengthened slightly, her bust was reduced and given a downward slope. Despite the relative unimportance of these changes, serious Bust half dollar collectors consider these changes a distinct sub-type and one that is worthy of the finest type collections.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/4/2013

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1834 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 60.00 70.00 80.00 95.00 200 200 375 400 515 835 1100 1250 1500 2200 3700 10250 18250 39000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2572
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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10/3/2005 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #56, 61/Lot# 719 $402.50
7/30/2008 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 521 $2,530.00
12/20/2009 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2786, 2786/Lot# 1670 $488.75
4/28/2010 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139, 1139/Lot# 3311 $977.50
9/19/2010 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1564 $345.00
1/5/2011 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1151/Lot# 10959 $747.50
6/10/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The July 2011 Coin Galleries Sale, 94/Lot# 648 $310.50
8/11/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 10221 $805.00
1/8/2012 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/08/2012, 2/Lot# 13427 $313.50
9/2/2012 NGC AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20038/Lot# 1017 $351.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1834 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2232652983484395327338749251092136916971834207924893185492162868537153682480740324
2372763143784705997808919801184147817421915221527213763537670361081418514299790
000000780891980118414781742191522152721376353767036108141851400
0000008279081036127615871788199723522953434258317786130912166000
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 7431
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 5158
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
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