1831 50C VF30 Certification #29163431, PCGS #6159

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 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.

PCGS #
6159
Designer
John Reich
Edge
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Diameter
32.50 millimeters
Weight
13.50 grams
Mintage
5873660
Metal
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Pop Higher
2515
Pop Lower
170
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 9000 R-3.2 68 / 72 73 / 78 TIE
All Grades 750 R-5.5 68 / 72 74 / 78
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 59 / 72 TIE 64 / 78 TIE
65 or Better 9000
All Grades 750
60 or Better 50
65 or Better R-3.2
All Grades R-5.5
60 or Better R-8.5
65 or Better 68 / 72
All Grades 68 / 72
60 or Better 59 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 73 / 78 TIE
All Grades 74 / 78
60 or Better 64 / 78 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail 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 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 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 MS66 PCGS grade

Goldbergs 1/2015:1384, $15,862.50

 
	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

MS66+ PCGS grade #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

MS66 PCGS grade #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

MS66 PCGS grade #3 MS66 PCGS grade

Goldbergs 1/2015:1384, $15,862.50