1834 50C Small Date, Small Letters VF20 Certification #81196121, PCGS #6166

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

1834 Half Dollars are found in three major varieties:

Large Date, Large Letters
Large Date, Small Letters
Small Date, Small Letters

Collectors should have no difficulty discerning the size difference of the dates and the reverse letters once they familiarize themselve with the pictures offered above.  None of the three varieties is scarce or rare, bvut the 834 Large Date, Small Letters is the least common.

As of September 2011, PCGS reports having certified more than 150 Mint State examples of the 1834 Small Date, Small Letters Half Dollar.  MS-64 is the most plentiful grade, followed by MS-62, then MS-63.  MS-65 and better examples are very rare, and the finest 1834 Small Date, Small Letters Half Dollar certified by PCGS is a single MS-67.

PCGS #
6166
Designer
John Reich
Edge
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Diameter
32.50 millimeters
Weight
13.50 grams
Mintage
6412004
Metal
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Pop Higher
1867
Pop Lower
67
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 5000 R-4.0 57 / 72 TIE 61 / 78 TIE
All Grades 250 R-6.6 52 / 72 TIE 56 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 49 / 72 TIE 53 / 78 TIE
65 or Better 5000
All Grades 250
60 or Better 20
65 or Better R-4.0
All Grades R-6.6
60 or Better R-9.1
65 or Better 57 / 72 TIE
All Grades 52 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 49 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 61 / 78 TIE
All Grades 56 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 53 / 78 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

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

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1894, $11,000 - Bowers & Merena 11/2001:4110, $9,200 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3083, $32,900

2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2006:3309, $6,900 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7352, not sold - Stack's/Bowers 8/2012:11443, $9,056

2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Early American Silver Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 estimated grade

Rod Sweet Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/2005:3365 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2449 - Stack's/Bowers 3/2012:4099, $19,550

MS66+ PCGS grade #1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1894, $11,000 - Bowers & Merena 11/2001:4110, $9,200 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3083, $32,900

MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2006:3309, $6,900 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7352, not sold - Stack's/Bowers 8/2012:11443, $9,056

MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade

Early American Silver Collection

MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 estimated grade

Rod Sweet Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/2005:3365 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2449 - Stack's/Bowers 3/2012:4099, $19,550