1831 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Capped Bust Half Dollars 1807-1839

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

View More Images

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
6159
Designer:
John Reich
Edge:
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Diameter:
32.50 millimeters
Weight:
13.50 grams
Mintage:
5,873,660
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
	MS67 PCGS grade

William H. Woodin Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1873, $17,600 - Phil Kaufman Collection - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2445, $19,550 - Bowers & Merena 1/2010:366, $19,550 - Stack’s/Bowers 3/2011:1931, $51,750 - High Desert Collection

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Dr. Charles Link Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #6159 (MS) 66

High Desert Collection - Heritage 4/2012:5119, $12,650

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1875, $10,450 - Bowers & Merena 7/2003:1508, $??? - American Numismatic Rarities 6/2005:49, $14,950 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3075, $16,450

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Goldbergs 1/2015:1384, $15,862.50

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Wayte Raymond, sold privately on 5/14/1946 for $2.25 - John Jay Pittman Collection, Part III - David Akers 5/1998:1496, $18,700 - Stack's 1/2008:471, $18,400 - Stack's 7/2008:4305, $20,470 - Heritage 1/2010:2544, $20,125

3 MS66 PCGS grade
8 MS65+ PCGS grade

Dr. Charles Link Collection

8 MS65+ PCGS grade  
	MS65+ PCGS grade

Color Collection - Heritage 7/2012:3693,  $13,225 - Heritage 4/2015:4444, $11,162.50 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20057, $17,625 - StielCollection

 
	MS67 PCGS grade 
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

William H. Woodin Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1873, $17,600 - Phil Kaufman Collection - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2445, $19,550 - Bowers & Merena 1/2010:366, $19,550 - Stack’s/Bowers 3/2011:1931, $51,750 - High Desert Collection

#2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Dr. Charles Link Collection

 
	PCGS #6159 (MS) 66 
#3 MS66 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection - Heritage 4/2012:5119, $12,650

#3 MS66 PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1875, $10,450 - Bowers & Merena 7/2003:1508, $??? - American Numismatic Rarities 6/2005:49, $14,950 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3075, $16,450

#3 MS66 PCGS grade

Goldbergs 1/2015:1384, $15,862.50

#3 MS66 PCGS grade

Wayte Raymond, sold privately on 5/14/1946 for $2.25 - John Jay Pittman Collection, Part III - David Akers 5/1998:1496, $18,700 - Stack's 1/2008:471, $18,400 - Stack's 7/2008:4305, $20,470 - Heritage 1/2010:2544, $20,125

#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#8 MS65+ PCGS grade

Dr. Charles Link Collection

 
	MS65+ PCGS grade 
#8 MS65+ PCGS grade

Color Collection - Heritage 7/2012:3693,  $13,225 - Heritage 4/2015:4444, $11,162.50 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20057, $17,625 - StielCollection

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 that 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.