Coin Specifications

Category: Early Half Dollars (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,873,660
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $5.60 (8/15/2018)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1831 50C MS obverse 1831 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The half dollars of 1831 are among the more boring entries in this otherwise popular coin series. Some 20 die marriages resulted from combinations of 12 obverse and 14 reverse dies. There are no varieties meriting separate line items, and only one die marriage is rare: O-120 features an obverse die that evidently was not hardened properly, as it quickly sank and became unusable.

Mint State survivors are plentiful, but far too many are poorly struck from severely worn dies. The U. S. Mint was in economy mode at the time, and the dies were used far too long. Gems are only moderately scarce, but the wise buyer is one who waits for a well struck example.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/24/2017

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1831 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 60.00 70.00 80.00 95.00 200 375 400 515 835 1100 1250 1500 2200 3700 10250 18250 38500 - - -
$ 220 - 440 565 925 - 1350 1625 2400 4500 13500 21500 41500 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2054
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/13/2018 1831 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base3217302641402041211702523811821228911247142---2053
-------------1-1------2
----------1----421----8
---------------1------1
Total3217302641402041211702523821821238911849152---2064
 0 %0 %1 %1 %13 %7 %10 %6 %8 %12 %19 %0 %4 %6 %4 %6 %2 %1 %0 %--- 
1831 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1------1
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Total---------------1------1
 ---------------100 %------ 

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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 792 $2,530.00
12/18/2011 NGC Details F Details  Teletrade Auction 3191, 3191/Lot# 1661 $50.00
8/30/2013 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4498 $1,016.38
12/17/2013 PCGS AU 58   Bonhams Coins and Medals Featuring the Robbins Collection of US Gold Coins, 21037/Lot# 1034 $1,111.00
7/6/2014 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 199/Lot# 204811 $288.20
11/2/2014 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10167 $325.00
6/14/2015 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131525/Lot# 27499 $141.00
8/12/2015 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1223/Lot# 7746 $540.50
4/4/2017 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1253/Lot# 15488 $1,586.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1831 50C MS Prooflike
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1831 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1021231551631832884565976977588469001066145017992671411151587431130352025531811
109134158170218344503630717787864955119415662090315144605916929915442241070
00000050363071778786495511941566209031514460591692991544200
0000005506647388178821011132216832380363148096673111671784800
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1799
Owner: goldsaint
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 846
Owner: Robert L. Rothermel
 
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