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: 2/10/2017

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1829 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
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Base $ 55.00 70.00 80.00 105 160 210 220 250 300 325 355 465 640 1165 2250 5250 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1350 - - - -
1829 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 750 1300 2150 11000 24000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 376
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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3/3/2008 NGC MS 62   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 225, 231/Lot# 3020 $331.20
1/11/2010 NGC MS 64   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 444, 450/Lot# 13 $621.00
5/8/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Teletrade Auction 3061, 3061/Lot# 1012 $97.75
1/24/2012 NGC MS 61   Brown Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 8024 $316.25
1/20/2013 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/20/2013, 58/Lot# 96241 $73.70
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 118 $18,400.00
9/4/2016 PCGS XF 45   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131637/Lot# 23008 $104.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1829 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2092372652883364895756426747458208829331028137517072495373035495145757611323
218246273304387518597653698770841899965114414861970290737304081595588250
000000597653698770841899965114414861970290737304081595500
000000620663721795861916996125915962232331837304613676600
1829 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base237272304336381527609684745820908990113814501886240168207317765179601022612210
249283315351430554634704770849935103912421595205838746986742877548715108870
00000063470477084993510391242159520583874698674287754871500
00000065972579587996310891346174122295347715175407857947100
1829 C-1 1/2C MS Red
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