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SERIES: Capped Bust Half Dollars 1807-1839
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1831 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6159
Diameter:
32.50 millimeters
Designer:
John Reich
Weight:
13.50 grams
Edge:
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage:
5,873,660
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$51,750 • PCGS MS67 • 3-31-2011 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 9,000 R-3.2 68 / 72 73 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 750 R-5.5 68 / 72 74 / 78
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 59 / 72 TIE 64 / 78 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
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

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Dr. Charles Link Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection - Heritage 4/2012:5119, $12,650

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

3 MS66 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
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

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Dr. Charles Link Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection - Heritage 4/2012:5119, $12,650

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

3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Wayte Raymond, sold privately on 5/14/1946 for $2.25 - John Jay Pittman Collection, Part III - David Akers 5/1998:1496, $18,700 - Stack's 1/2008:471, $18,400 - Stack's 7/2008:4305, $20,470 - Heritage 1/2010:2544, $20,125

3 MS66 PCGS grade  
8 MS65+ PCGS grade

Dr. Charles Link Collection

8 MS65+ PCGS grade

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.