Coin Specifications

Category: Early Halves (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,206,000
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.62 (11/24/2017)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1833 50C MS obverse 1833 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1833 half dollar is a rather boring entry in this otherwise popular coin series. There are no standout varieties meriting a separate line item in catalogs. Mint State examples are plentiful, though gems are fairly scarce.

Numismatists have identified 15 die marriages resulting from the use of 13 obverses paired with 14 reverses. Most of these dies were used too long, resulting in coins having worn, distorted features at their peripheries. 1833 was the year that coins were last struck within the old mint facility of 1792. The workers seem to have been distracted by this move and not inclined to replace worn dies in a timely manner. All 1833 half dollar varieties are fairly common, with the exception of O-115, of which just about three dozen examples are known.

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Last Updated: 3/12/2015

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1833 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 60.00 70.00 88.00 100.00 200 375 400 525 865 1125 1250 1500 2250 3850 10350 18500 41500 - - -
$ 220 - 440 575 940 - 1350 1625 2450 4150 13250 21000 45500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1808
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 68


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9/11/2005 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2090, 2090/Lot# 1293 $380.80
2/5/2006 NGC AU 58   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 136 $276.00
7/1/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131228/Lot# 22511 $1,725.00
11/29/2012 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 9170 $111.63
6/29/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 204301 $180.00
8/3/2014 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 815, 824/Lot# 635 $505.00
12/24/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3514, 6083/Lot# 20171 $135.13
2/5/2015 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1659 $851.88
2/22/2015 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131509/Lot# 21244 $250.28


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1833 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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1833 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1021231551631832884565976977588469001066145017992671411151587651131942052532266
109134158170218344503630717787864955119415662090315144605989949915638244390
00000050363071778786495511941566209031514460598994991563800
0000005506647388178821011132216832380363148096820113461808100
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1066
Owner: d.salyer
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 1066
Owner: Mark T
 
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