Coin Specifications

Category: Early Halves (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,764,800
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.56 (10/18/2017)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1830 50C MS obverse 1830 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This very large mintage issue is common across all grades through MS 64. Gems are somewhat scarce, but they remain available to the advanced type or date collector.

Some 23 die marriages resulted from various combinations of 15 obverse dies and 20 reverses. One of the latter was a Large Letter die used to coin 1828 half dollars, as well. The U. S. Mint was not particular about the date each die carried, and it was not unusual for coins bearing one date to be struck before ones carrying an earlier date. In this instance, however, the 1830 coins appear to have come later and are fairly rare. The Large Letters O-114 brings a strong premium. The remaining die marriages are divided into ones have a Small 0 in the date (18) and a Large 0 (four). There is no premium attached to these date sizes, as both are fairly common.

The half dollars of 1830-33 are often seen poorly struck from quite worn dies. The original mint facility of 1792 was showing its age, and a new one was already under construction. This distraction seems to have affected the quality of the coins during these years, and locating a sharp 1830 half dollar from fresh dies can be quite challenging. The savvy buyer will hold out for such a coin and may obtain it without a significant premium, as the quality of strike is not a major factor in grading.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/12/2015

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1830 50C MS
Base $ 60.00 70.00 80.00 95.00 200 375 400 515 835 1100 1275 1525 2225 3750 10250 18250 39000 - - -
$ 220 - 440 565 925 - 1375 1650 2425 4050 13500 20500 42000 -

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Total Graded: 2336
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

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4/30/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 137, 142/Lot# 1259 $724.50
11/21/2010 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2963, 2963/Lot# 2686 $161.00
5/29/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 807 $2,875.00
9/2/2012 NGC AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20038/Lot# 1016 $351.00
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1414 $3,172.50
6/5/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1186/Lot# 8155 $558.13
12/8/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/08/2013, 104/Lot# 156117 $48.00
4/28/2014 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3479, 6028/Lot# 20274 $158.63
4/28/2014 PCGS VF 30   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3479, 6028/Lot# 20273 $246.75
8/10/2016 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(6), 1238/Lot# 7718 $763.75
8/14/2016 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131634/Lot# 27180 $493.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1830 50C MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5367
Owner: Heartland Collection
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2671
Owner: goldsaint
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