Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head Half Cents (1809-1836)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 398,000
Obverse Designer: "William Kneass, after Reich"
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1835 1/2C MS obverse 1835 1/2C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

A single obverse die was paired with two reverse dies to produce the half cents dated 1835. The large reported mintage of 398,000 likely included some dated 1834, as that date is the more common of the two. 1835 was the last date of half cents coined for circulation until 1849, as there was little demand for this denomination at the time.

Both C-1 and C-2 are fairly plentiful, with a good number of Mint State survivors from a hoard uncovered by dealer Elmer Sears in 1935. Such coins may be nearly full red or a blend of red and brown, often with spotting or staining from years of storage.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/5/2019

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1835 1/2C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 68.00 82.00 85.00 135 195 200 215 235 275 290 345 430 575 850 1750 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 950 2750 - - -
1835 1/2C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 340 375 550 1000 1500 3750 6750 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2450 - - - -
1835 1/2C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 700 1850 4500 11500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1386
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1835 1/2C MS Brown
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Base-41523126661035245100170-71145136135533----1247
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Total-41523126661035245100170-71145136135543----1248
 -0 %1 %2 %10 %5 %8 %4 %4 %8 %14 %-6 %12 %11 %11 %4 %0 %---- 
1835 1/2C MS Red Brown
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Base----------1--21777244----125
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Total----------1--21778244----126
 ----------1 %--2 %13 %62 %19 %3 %---- 
1835 1/2C MS Red
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Base--------------293-----14
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Total--------------293-----14
 --------------14 %64 %21 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Price
12/27/2009 PCGS MS 62   Brown Teletrade Auction 2789, 2789/Lot# 1016 $287.50
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 142 $5,060.00
7/6/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 140578 $148.50
7/27/2014 PCGS AU 53   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 814, 823/Lot# 3 $210.00
10/10/2014 NGC VF 35   Brown Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14321 $57.00
2/1/2015 PCGS Genuine AU   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131506/Lot# 23821 $94.00
7/26/2015 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131531/Lot# 21336 $94.00
10/2/2016 PCGS AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131641/Lot# 23011 $211.50
11/19/2017 NGC MS 63   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131748/Lot# 27002 $312.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1835 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base183209265288320437502586609620735802856101312711558233524013080443465029670
192228273299359459530594613658757820908109913671817235726273531512375580
000000530594613658757820908109913671817235726273531512300
000000558601616697780838961118514622076237928543983581300
1835 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2012372883203514775396206536847748569251138163420093564429044456794695110226
213254299330393498566631663714801879996130317592527380643425228684680430
000000566631663714801879996130317592527380643425228684600
0000005936426747448299021067146918843046404843936011689900
1835 1/2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base220237288336366477539620674725802990113813932161363954665563624897761022610788
226254304346403498566638691751865103912231649265442485498579174249926104130
00000056663869175186510391223164926544248549857917424992600
000000593656708776927108913081905314648575531602086001007600
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