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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Last Updated: 6/12/2020

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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: 409
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/11/2020 1829 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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Total-4191748162614173448118473729205----400
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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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Base2092372652883364895756426747458208829331028137517072495373035495145757611323
218246273304387518597653698770841899965114414861970290737304081595588250
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1829 1/2C C-1 MS RB
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Base237272304336381527609684745820908990113814501886240168207317765179601022612210
249283315351430554634704770849935103912421595205838746986742877548715108870
00000063470477084993510391242159520583874698674287754871500
00000065972579587996310891346174122295347715175407857947100
1829 1/2C C-1 MS RD
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