Coin Specifications

Category: Capped Bust Lettered Edge Half Dollars (1807-1836)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 6,412,004
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $10.04 (6/23/2021)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1834 50C MS obverse 1834 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The half dollars of this year are common across all grades through MS 64, with a greater number of certified gems than for previous dates.

The year 1834 was a transitional one for the half dollar. Several obverse dies utilized the older bust introduced in 1832, while others featured the revised bust which debuted this year. The newer portrait of Liberty is somewhat more slender and youthful in appearance. In addition, older reverse dies having Large Letters (the same size called Small Letters for 1832 halves) alternated with the new style Small Letters of 1834-36. Though the bust styles are seldom mentioned in popular catalogs, there are three popular varieties which resulted from different combinations of date size and letter size. These are of approximately equal availability, and they are priced about the same. None of the 1834 die marriages are rare or even scarce.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1834 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 70.00 80.00 95.00 95.00 200 360 400 515 885 1100 1250 1500 2200 3450 6875 18250 39000 - - -
$ 220 - 440 565 925 - 1350 1640 2400 4000 13250 20500 42000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3379
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/22/2021 1834 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base394068460268388184244429565811321012416275195---3374
---------------1------1
---------12-121842----21
---------------1------1
Total394068460268388184244430567811421212517279215---3397
 0%0%1%2%14%8%11%5%7%13%17%0%3%6%4%5%2%1%0%--- 
1834 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------1--111--1----5
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Total---------1--111--1----5
 ---------20%--20%20%20%--20%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1834 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base102123155163183288456597697758846900106614501799267141115158743113035202551
109134158170218344503630717787864955119415662090315144605916929915442202551
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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