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: $6.09 (12/24/2014)
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.

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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 - - -
$ 220 410 440 565 925 1200 1350 1625 2400 4000 13250 20500 42000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2630
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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1/12/2015 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 10314
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6/10/1998 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1057, 1057/Lot# 1435 $196.20
9/23/2007 NGC MS 63   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2763 $1,898.00
11/13/2011 NGC XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/13/2011, 144/Lot# 23168 $231.00
7/26/2012 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 9083 $2,070.00
9/2/2012 NGC AU 50   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20038/Lot# 1019 $269.00
1/13/2013 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131304/Lot# 21027 $101.05
4/21/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131318/Lot# 28188 $182.13
9/22/2013 PCGS VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 770, 779/Lot# 892 $130.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1834 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base102123155163183288456597697758846900106614501799267141115158743113035202551
109134158170218344503630717787864955119415662090315144605916929915442202550
00000050363071778786495511941566209031514460591692991544200
0000005506647388178821011132216832380363148096673111671784800
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 7431
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 5158
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
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