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

1834 H10C (Proof)

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PCGS PR65

PCGS PR64
PCGS #:
4297
Diameter:
15.90 millimeters
Designer:
William Kneass
Weight:
1.35 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
25
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$46,000 • NGC PR66 • 4-1-2009 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 10 R-9.5 6 / 7 6 / 7
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 6 / 7 6 / 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 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
3 PR65 PCGS grade  
3 PR65 PCGS grade  
5 PR65CAM estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
3 PR65 PCGS grade  
3 PR65 PCGS grade  
5 PR65CAM estimated grade  
6 PR64 PCGS grade  
6 PR64 PCGS grade  
6 PR64 PCGS grade  
9 PR64 estimated grade  
9 PR64 estimated grade   LM-4

Ron Guth: Proof 1834 Half Dimes are extremely rare.  Experts have argued over the number of survivors, but it appears that there are at least twenty demonstrably different examples and perhaps as many as thirty.  When Breen wrote his Encyclopedia of United States Proof Coins in 1977, he was "fairly sure" that he knew of fifteen different specimens, but by 1988 he had raised the number to twenty Proofs.  We have positively identified at least fifteen different examples, with the possibility of a few more examples out there, but it is unlikely that there are more than twenty.

Most Proof 1834 Half Dimes are of the LM-4 variety.  Logan and McCloskey cite a single LM-1 variety in Proof, but the last time that coin appeared on the market was in 1991.  Many of the known Proofs have one or more lintmarks, which are common on Proofs, but not on coins made for circulation.  Cameo examples are exceedingly rare and only a single example is known.  PR66 seems to be the top grade for this issue.