Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head Half Cents (1809-1836)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 487,000
Catalog: KM-41
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.44 Grams
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1829 C-1 1/2C MS obverse 1829 C-1 1/2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The published mintage figure is assumed to have included many half cents dated 1828, as that date is far too common in relation to 1829.

Just a single die marriage is known for this date, further confirmation of its smaller mintage, as a single pair of dies could not have produced nearly half a million coins. The example illustrated is from a late state of the dies, as the stars and peripheral lettering are both drawn toward the edge.

Mint State examples of this date are not rare, but they are almost universally brown or some color other than mint red. At least 234,000 unneeded half cents were destroyed at the Philadelphia Mint in 1830-31 to provide copper for alloying the gold and silver coinage. It's believed that these lost half cents included a mix of 1825-29 dates.

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Last Updated: 2/11/2014

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1829 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
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Base $ 52.00 68.00 75.00 90.00 145 145 210 225 260 300 335 365 425 685 1000 2050 4750 - - - -
$ 190 230 245 285 330 365 410 490 800 1350 2350 5500 - -
1829 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 750 1200 1900 20000 24000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 850 1400 2250 43500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 333
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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1/30/2006 PCGS MS 63   Brown Teletrade Auction 2153, 2153/Lot# 1003 $313.60
5/8/2006 NGC AU 58   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 86, 91/Lot# 5 $184.00
11/25/2012 PCGS Genuine XF   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/25/2012, 50/Lot# 82785 $47.00
7/11/2013 NGC MS 66   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1187/Lot# 4606 $5,581.25
8/30/2013 PCGS AU 58   Brown Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4174 $264.38
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 118 $18,400.00
5/18/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131421/Lot# 20007 $146.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1829 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2092372652883364895756426747458208829331028137517072495373035495145757611323
218246273304387518597653698770841899965114414861970290737304081595588250
000000597653698770841899965114414861970290737304081595500
000000620663721795861916996125915962232331837304613676600
1829 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base237272304336381527609684745820908990113814501886240168207317765179601022612210
249283315351430554634704770849935103912421595205838746986742877548715108870
00000063470477084993510391242159520583874698674287754871500
00000065972579587996310891346174122295347715175407857947100
1829 C-1 1/2C MS Red
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