Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head Half Cents (1809-1836)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 487,000
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/4/2021

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1829 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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1829 1/2C C-1 MS RB
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 430
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/15/2021 1829 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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Base-4211951173014173550120483730193----416
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Total-4211951173014173550120483731204----419
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1829 1/2C C-1 MS RB
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1829 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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Base183320351395463563586620705764847925990113815051969275439024153441548595336
2293303664184965715976487257928739471039126016602231313739864240456350185603
0000005976487257928739471039126016602231313739864240456300
0000006096777448198999681089138318142492351940694328471100
1829 1/2C C-1 MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base23734538142649760262768475282090899011381707243330095158796083838823956110343
273357396450532610646707775849935103913281949262537256092810185309069982210860
00000064670777584993510391328194926253725609281018530906900
00000066572979787996310891517219128174442702682428676931500
1829 1/2C C-1 MS RD
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Base272381409458532622674731802874966105112061799255231495367824786819133988910691
3083904254835626396937558269059941103140420502751388863278392883293851015611226
00000069375582690599411031404205027513888632783928832938500
000000712778850935102311541601230129504628728785368982963700
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