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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1833 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
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Base $ 55.00 70.00 80.00 90.00 130 200 215 240 275 315 345 430 620 925 1750 5250 7500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 465 715 1075 2600 - - -
1833 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
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1833 C-1 1/2C MS Red
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 681
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1833 1/2C MS C-1 Brown
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Base94111139175212255320381434469519551620684774997146617532124357151227469
991201511872262763403984454855295746417148481153156118762606408859040
0000003403984454855295746417148481153156118762606408800
0000003604164575025405976627449221309165720003088460500
1833 1/2C MS C-1 Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1191391752162583083844535155566116487257988981146166419802385395156178122
1251511882302743334074735285746236737498319801318176921152907450664520
0000004074735285746236737498319801318176921152907450600
00000043049454259263569977386410631491187422503429506100
1833 1/2C MS C-1 Red
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Base1111111111111111111111
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1833 1/2C MS C-1 Brown, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3754761022012954976637608209059581248135614721594172418602006216023222493
42618413523236255269578084892210541284139415121637176919082057221423790
00000055269578084892210541284139415121637176919082057221400
00000060772780087694011511320143315531680181419572108226800
1833 1/2C MS C-1 Red Brown, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base506794127244354586774882949104411031424154316701804194620972255242326002786
5576105166280431648810904980106312101463158517141851199621492311248226620
000000648810904980106312101463158517141851199621492311248200
0000007118469261012108313171503162717591898204622022367254100
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