Coin Specifications

Category: Early Halves (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,352,006
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.60 (9/22/2017)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1835 50C MS obverse 1835 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Despite a very substantial mintage, the 1835 half dollar is less often seen in Mint State than the several preceding dates, though there are a great many "near miss" examples. Gems of this issue are quite scarce. It's likely that some portion of the 1835 coinage included pieces dated 1834 or even 1833. The U. S. Mint was not particular about such matters when the dies remained serviceable, and it was until Mint Director Robert M. Patterson assumed office during 1835 that this practice was finally stopped.

All 1835 half dollars were coined from dies featuring the new bust of 1834, in combination with the Small Date and Small Letters likewise introduced in 1834. As a consequence, there are no popular varieties, and none of the ten die marriages are scarce. These resulted from the pairing of eight obverse dies with a like number of reverses.

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Last Updated: 3/12/2015

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1835 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 60.00 70.00 80.00 95.00 200 375 410 515 875 1150 1250 1500 2250 3700 10850 19000 38500 - - -
$ 220 - 450 565 950 - 1350 1625 2500 4000 13750 21500 41500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1112
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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5/22/2006 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 88, 93/Lot# 648 $333.50
9/10/2006 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 148 $483.00
3/21/2010 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2827, 2827/Lot# 1796 $460.00
8/11/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 10229 $431.25
11/13/2011 NGC XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/13/2011, 144/Lot# 23164 $182.60
1/9/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1181/Lot# 10476 $199.75
11/6/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(3), 1211/Lot# 4268 $1,292.50
7/21/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 32072 $381.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1835 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1021231551631832884565976977588469001066145017992671411153677651133502078632705
109134158170218344503630717787864955119415662090315145306128955115829247590
00000050363071778786495511941566209031514530612895511582900
0000005506647388178821011132216832380363149486890114501830700
1835 50C MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5367
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1799
Owner: Mastrj2
 
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