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

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

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PCGS MS66+

LARGE VS SMALL DATE

LARGE VS SMALL LETTERS
PCGS #:
6166
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:
$27,600 • PCGS MS66 • 7-18-2013 • Legend Rare Coin Auctions
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 5,000 R-4.0 57 / 72 TIE 61 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 52 / 72 TIE 56 / 78 TIE
65 or Better 20 R-9.1 49 / 72 TIE 53 / 78 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1894, $11,000 - Bowers & Merena 11/2001:4110, $9,200 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3083, $32,900

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2006:3309, $6,900 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7352, not sold - Stack's/Bowers 8/2012:11443, $9,056

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Early American Silver Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 estimated grade  

Rod Sweet Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/2005:3365 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2449 - Stack's/Bowers 3/2012:4099, $19,550

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

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1894, $11,000 - Bowers & Merena 11/2001:4110, $9,200 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3083, $32,900

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2006:3309, $6,900 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7352, not sold - Stack's/Bowers 8/2012:11443, $9,056

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Early American Silver Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 estimated grade  

Rod Sweet Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/2005:3365 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2449 - Stack's/Bowers 3/2012:4099, $19,550

6 MS65 PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection

6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade  

Oliver Collection - Heritage 8/2011:7156, $10,925

6 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: 1834 Half Dollars are found in three major varieties:

Large Date, Large Letters
Large Date, Small Letters
Small Date, Small Letters

Collectors should have no difficulty discerning the size difference of the dates and the reverse letters once they familiarize themselve with the pictures offered above.  None of the three varieties is scarce or rare, bvut the 834 Large Date, Small Letters is the least common.

As of September 2011, PCGS reports having certified more than 150 Mint State examples of the 1834 Small Date, Small Letters Half Dollar.  MS-64 is the most plentiful grade, followed by MS-62, then MS-63.  MS-65 and better examples are very rare, and the finest 1834 Small Date, Small Letters Half Dollar certified by PCGS is a single MS-67.