1831 50C MS63

CERTIFICATION#: 14715837
PCGS#: 6159

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1831 Half Dollar has one of the largest mintages of the entire Capped Bust series.  This, coupled with the fact that there are no major varieties to compete with the regular date, makes the 1831 Half Dollar a plentiful, affordable choice for type collectors. 

Hundreds of Mint State examples have been certified, including more than one hundred each at the MS63 and MS64 levels.  Even Gem MS65 examples can be found with ease, though they are pricey at this level.  Above MS65, the 1831 Half Dollar becomes very rare and the finest example is a single PCGS MS67. 

The quality of the strike on an 1831 Half Dollar varies depending on the die variety -- some show weakness on the obverse stars; others appear to be struck from worn dies.  With a little hunting, the collector should be able to find a high grade example with close to a full strike.  Keep in mind that the PCGS Condition Census is filled with coins grading MS65 or better.

Diameter: 32.50 millimeters Designer: John Reich Edge: Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage: 5,873,660 Weight: 13.50 grams Metal Content: 89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
2
45
2
3
40
4
62
1
6
66
45+
285
50+
420
53+
520
55+
675
58+
1,100
60
1,250
17
62+
1,800
63+
2,750
65+
17,500
2
66+
31,500
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 9,000 R-3.2 68 / 72 73 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 750 R-5.5 68 / 72 74 / 78
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 59 / 72 TIE 64 / 78 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade