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SERIES: Classic Head Half Cents 1809-1835
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1833 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS65BN
PCGS #:
1162
Diameter:
23.50 millimeters
Designer:
John Reich
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
120,000
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$6,900 • NGC MS67 • 3-24-2005 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 2,000 R-4.6 11 / 16 TIE 11 / 16 TIE
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 12 / 16 TIE 12 / 16 TIE
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 12 / 16 TIE 12 / 16 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade
1 MS66BN PCGS grade  
1 MS66BN PCGS grade  
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1 MS66BN estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade
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1 MS66BN PCGS grade  
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6 MS65BN PCGS grade  
6 MS65BN PCGS grade  
6 MS65BN PCGS grade  
6 MS65BN PCGS grade  
6 MS65BN PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1833 Half Cent is one of the more common of the Classic Head Half Cents.  Only one die variety comprises the entire mintage for this year, so there is little tension between type and variety collectors that might run up the price of this date. 

Hundreds of Mint State examples survive of this date, mostly in Brown or with traces of mint red.  Red-Brown examples are approximately five times as rare as Brown examples, and full Red examples are 30-40 times as rare as Brown examples.

On the plus side, more MS66 examples exist of this date than any other Classic Head Half Cent, though they are rare indeed.  The best example sis a single PCGS MS66RB.