Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head Half Cents (1809-1836)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,200
Catalog: KM-41
Obverse Designer: William Kneass, after Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.44 Grams
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1831 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF obverse 1831 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF reverse


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Description & Analysis

William Kneass revised John Reich's portrait bust of Liberty for 1831, giving it bolder details overall. Coins of this and subsequent dates were stuck within close collars that imparted distinct, raised rims and flat edges.

The rare half cents dated 1831 are generally considered to have been proof-only issues, though there are some numismatists who have asserted that currency strikes were made. Since the number coined is very small, any unworn currency strikes would display the prooflike fields typical of fresh dies, making their attribution challenging. Muddying the waters further is that several worn examples are known.

A U. S. Mint record of 2,200 half cents for 1831 is doubtful, and it most likely refers to an early emission of 1832-dated pieces. The number of proofs coined is unknown, but this date was restruck twice over the next 30 years. All three emissions are quite rare, with the exact number suriving of each being uncertain.

The 1831 Original issue was produced with a single obverse die and a single reverse, the latter transitional with 1832 C-1. Both dies were new and produced bold impressions.

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1831 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65


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11/3/2005 PCGS PF VF 35   Brown Heritage Auctions 2005 November Dallas, TX Signature Auction #388, 388/Lot# 2004 $16,100.00
1/23/2006 NGC PF AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Signature Auction #390, 390/Lot# 19114 $80,500.00
7/9/2009 PCGS PF 60   Brown Heritage Auctions 2009 July West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1127, 1127/Lot# 59 $69,000.00
6/5/2013 PCGS PF AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1186/Lot# 4320 $55,812.50
1/8/2014 PCGS PF 60   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5106 $57,281.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1831 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1675172417731824187619281982203720932716340137694004421543614741547858002926254612100633134561
169117401790184118931946200020552300294435233847407442634487498655851362037712699521119420
0000002000205523002944352338474074426344874986558513620377126995200
0000002018207425083172364639254144431246145232569221441461628529200
1831 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base76411921779255935694847573664376603670968646963729675197688830292001067912257140011592218032
9061387203928953995514359696492663867606897707473707575789286019693112051283814641166250
0000005969649266386760689770747370757578928601969311205128381464100
00000062036547667368126930718574447631809789001018611731134191528100
1831 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base86113301964280138775233617369127087720073627467781780528230887598181136913020148431684719046
101715412243315943295546641969707124725473977583789581118445918910335119191362715511175800
00000064196970712472547397758378958111844591891033511919136271551100
00000066657028716273087432770079738170866095031085212469142351617900
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