1834 50C Large Date, Large Letter MS65

CERTIFICATION#: -32359
PCGS#: 6164

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. Raymond (1946) Sold by David Akers Numismatics May '98 Price realized $14300

Expert Comments

Gordon Wrubel: Quickfinder Notes: The 1834 Large Date, Large Letter variety (Overton #101,102,103) uses the same design elements of the previous year. In mid year, engraver William Kneass redesigned the obverse master die, as well as the number, letter and star punches. This produced the transitional Large Date, Small Letters varieties (Overton 104 through 108) and later the the Small Date, Small Letter varieties. The Large Date can be determined by the 1 and the 4 which are TALLER than the 8 and 3. The date is also CLOSE to the denticles below it. On the Large Letter reverse, the letters are close together and close to the rim. The center stroke of the E in STATES terminates in a VERTICAL bar. On the Small Letter reverse the center stroke of the E in STATES is TRIANGULAR.

The Large Date, Large Letter and the Small Date, Small Letter varieties outnumber the Large Date, Small Letter by a factor of 2 to 1 in terms of total number of coins graded and Mint State specimens graded. But none of the three can be considered scarce, even in Mint State condition. Many examples of all three varieties exist in MS-65 condition. But, as of December, 2013, each can boast no more than 1 or 2 specimens graded 66 or 67.

Diameter: 32.50 millimeters Designer: John Reich Edge: Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage: 6,412,004 Weight: 13.50 grams Metal Content: 89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
2
45
1
3
40
2
6
66
10
85
3
45+
285
50+
420
53+
520
55+
675
58+
1,100
1
62+
1,800
63+
2,700
64+
5,500
3
65+
19,500
1
66+
34,500
67
55,000

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 7,000 R-3.6 64 / 72 TIE 68 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 62 / 72 TIE 67 / 78 TIE
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 41 / 72 TIE 42 / 78 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 estimated grade  
1 MS66 estimated grade  
1 MS66 estimated grade