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SERIES: Capped Bust Half Dimes 1829-1837
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1829 H10C (Proof)

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PCGS PR64
Image courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

PCGS PR67+
PCGS #:
4294
Diameter:
15.90 millimeters
Designer:
William Kneass
Weight:
1.35 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
30
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$103,500 • PCGS PR67 • 1-3-2012 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 15 R-9.3 7 / 7 7 / 7
60 or Better 15 R-9.3 7 / 7 7 / 7
65 or Better 5 R-9.7 5 / 7 TIE 5 / 7 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR67+ PCGS grade

LM-2.  Heritage 1/2012:3114, $103,500 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1017, $102,812.50

2 PR66 PCGS grade  
2 PR66 estimated grade  
4 PR65 PCGS grade  
5 PR64 PCGS grade   LM-2. Heritage 2/2009:838, $20,700
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR67+ PCGS grade

LM-2.  Heritage 1/2012:3114, $103,500 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1017, $102,812.50

2 PR66 PCGS grade  
2 PR66 estimated grade  
4 PR65 PCGS grade  
5 PR64 PCGS grade   LM-2. Heritage 2/2009:838, $20,700
5 PR64 PCGS grade  
5 PR64 PCGS grade  
5 PR64 estimated grade  
9 PR63 PCGS grade  
9 PR63 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Breen (1989) listed Proof examples of seven different 1829 Half Dime varieties: LM-1, LM-2, LM-3, LM-4, LM-5, LM-15, and LM-16 and claims (1998) that at least one of the LM-1 Proofs was placed in the cornerstone of the second United States Mint.

Logan and McCloskey (1998) are less enthusiastic, stating in their preface to the 1829  die varieties that "Many 1829 half dimes were struck with lustrous planchets from highyl polished dies."  They list LM-1, LM-2, LM-3, and LM-13.1 as varieties known in Proof, citing an actual auction appearance for each.

LM-13.1 falls late in the emission sequence and is the only two pale gules (double vertical lines in the reverse shield) variety recognized by Logan-McCloskey as a Proof, raising some question about its true status.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Proof Coins 1722-1989, New Revised and Corrected Edition" by Wa;ter Breen (1989).

"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen (1988)

"Federal Half Dimes 1792-1837" by Russell J. Logan and John W. McCloskey (1998)