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: $5.70 (9/3/2015)
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: 3/12/2015

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1834 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 60.00 70.00 80.00 95.00 200 375 400 515 835 1250 1500 2200 3700 10250 18250 39000 - - -
$ 220 - 440 565 925 1350 1625 2400 4000 13250 20500 42000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2756
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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10/29/1997 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0993, 993/Lot# 1485 $87.20
1/23/2006 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Signature Auction #390, 390/Lot# 23303 $345.00
5/29/2011 NGC MS 64   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 810 $3,565.00
7/15/2012 NGC VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131230/Lot# 26633 $105.00
9/2/2012 NGC AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20038/Lot# 1017 $351.00
3/30/2014 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 797, 806/Lot# 114 $240.00
7/11/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6064 $587.50
8/31/2014 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 216068 $4,200.00
2/26/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 February 26 - March 1 PNG Dallas Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1218/Lot# 7592 $517.00


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: 6286
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
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