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

1834 50C Lg Date, Small Letters (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

LARGE VS SMALL DATE

LARGE VS SMALL LETTERS
PCGS #:
6165
Diameter:
32.50 millimeters
Designer:
John Reich
Weight:
13.50 grams
Edge:
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage:
6,412,004
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$18,400 • PCGS MS65 • 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 3,000 R-4.4 46 / 72 TIE 49 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 160 R-7.4 50 / 72 53 / 78
65 or Better 15 R-9.3 45 / 72 TIE 48 / 78 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Paramount “Auction ’84” 7/1984:665 - Stack’s 12/1997:2249 - Bowers & Merena 7/2003:1520 - Stu Levine - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3081, $64,625 - Dr. Charles Link Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Denny Kemp Collection - Stack’s/Bowers Galleries 3/2011:1951 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3082, $22,325 - Dale Friend Collection

3 MS65+ PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade

Dr. Charles Link Collection

4 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2006:1640, $7,475 - Dale Friend Collection

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Paramount “Auction ’84” 7/1984:665 - Stack’s 12/1997:2249 - Bowers & Merena 7/2003:1520 - Stu Levine - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3081, $64,625 - Dr. Charles Link Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Denny Kemp Collection - Stack’s/Bowers Galleries 3/2011:1951 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3082, $22,325 - Dale Friend Collection

3 MS65+ PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade

Dr. Charles Link Collection

4 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2006:1640, $7,475 - Dale Friend Collection

4 MS65 PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:302, $8,518.75

4 MS65 PCGS grade

“Chicago” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade  

Rare Coins of New Hampshire, sold privately in 12/2001 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98472, $10,868.75

4 MS65 PCGS grade  

Stack’s/Bowers 8/2011:998, $9,488 - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11442, $11,162.50

Gordon Wrubel: Quickfinder Notes: The Large Date, Small Letter variety (Overton #104 to 108) is a transitional issue which uses the previous year's obverse and a reverse sporting much smaller letter and numeral punches. On the Large Date obverse, the 1 and 4 are TALLER than the 8 and 3. The numerals are very close to the dentils below. Due to their size, Small Letter reverse has the words, as well as the letters, in the legend spaced APART and AWAY from the rim. Another diagnostic is that the center bar of the E in STATES ends in a TRIANGLE. On the Large Letter reverse, the center bar of the E ends in a VERTICAL BAR.

There are three major varieties of 1834: Large Date, Large Letter: Small Date, Small Letter; and Large Date, Small Letter. The first two outnumber the latter by a factor of 2-1 in total number graded and Mint State examples graded. But none of the three can be considered scarce. Each variety boasts many MS-65 examples. But as the December, 2013 population shows, each variety has only one or two in MS-66 or 67.

Ron Guth: The 1834 Large Date, Small Letters Half Dollar is considered a major variety in the Half Dollar series.  It is made up of five different die varieties (Overton 104, O-105,O-106, O-107, and O-108), all of which are common in most grades.  Collectively, the five die varieties make up a Condition Census that is filled with MS65's and topped off by a single PCGS MS67.  D. Brent Pogue had two very nice examples of this variety (the  just mentioned PCGS MS67 and a colorful PCGS MS66) and, apparently, he could not decide on which one to keep -- so he kept both.