Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head Half Cents (1809-1836)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 120,000
Obverse Designer: "William Kneass, after Reich"
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1833 C-1 1/2C MS obverse 1833 C-1 1/2C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

It was common practice at the Philadelphia Mint during the early 1830s to use dies until they failed, regardless of the date they bore. Thus, the mintage for 1833 half cents is mostly an educated guess, and other sources place it as either 103,000 or 184,000.

The only thing for certain is that 1833 half cents were coined from a single pair of dies and are very common both worn and Mint State. The latter come mostly from a hoard of several thousand pieces brought to the market by the Guttag Bros. coin dealership in New York City. The discovery of old coins within bank vaults was a common occurrence during President Roosevelt's Bank Holiday of 1933 in which federal auditors made thorough inspections of each bank's assets and liabilities.

1833 half cents typically are quite sharply struck and make excellent type coins for the collector.

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Last Updated: 5/4/2021

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1833 1/2C C-1 MS RBP
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 742
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/15/2021 1833 1/2C C-1 MS BNP
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1833 1/2C C-1 MS RBP
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1833 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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Total-13857303325375978-497674843861---659
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1833 1/2C C-1 MS RB
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1833 1/2C C-1 MS RD
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1833 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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Base18332035139545062063165369572576482094999011731609246438174694503555246048
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1833 1/2C C-1 MS RB
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Base2013483814264846636766997437748158741010133317072009344757476144656071537786
2503593964455446676847147537888359191118145818082488421458796283675873648175
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1833 1/2C C-1 MS RD
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1833 1/2C C-1 MS BNP
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1833 1/2C C-1 MS RBP
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Base209360395439510695695725774949105111031427154724645582590863126737718278168491
259372410463572695705741832983106812111467185335035691604364546885739380418916
000000705741832983106812111467185335035691604364546885739300
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