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Obverse of 1834 Half Dollar     Reverse of 1834 Half Dollar


1834 HALF DOLLAR

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 6,412,004
Proofs: est. 10

Designer: John Reich

Diameter: 32-33 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 89.2%
Copper - 10.8%

Weight: 208 grains (13.48 grams)

Edge: Lettered ("FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR")

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia)

   

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc. (Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection" Sale - Part 1, February 18-20, 2001)

Varieties:
Overton 101
Overton 102
Overton 103
Overton 104
Overton 105
Overton 106
Overton 107
Overton 108
Overton 109
Overton 110
Overton 111
Overton 112
Overton 113
Overton 114
Overton 115
Overton 116 -
Overton 117 -
Overton 118
Overton 119
Overton 120
Overton 121

Significant examples:
NGC Proof-65.  Ex - King of Siam Set

Recent appearances:
See variety listings

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 388, "Overton-388", plated, sold for $517.50

Notes:
The finest "Large Date, Large Letters" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

The finest "Large Date, Small Letters" examples graded by PCGS are 8 MS-65's.

The finest "Small Date, Small Letters" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-65's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
Al C. Overton, "Early Half Dollar Varieties 1794-1836"

"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"NGC Slabs Siam Set," Numismatic News, July 17, 2001, page 1