United States, Fifty Cents, Proof, 1834

United States Mint, Philadelphia. Obverse: Capped bust of Liberty facing left, stars at either side, date below. Reverse: Eagle, motto above, denomination (50 C.) below. John Reich was responsible for the basic designs, which remained in use between 1807 and 1836. Coins with these designs are among the most common of early American coins, and they formed the backbone of our monetary supply for many years.
This coin is anything but common, however. It is a proof "restrike," a coin created from original dies but struck at a later date. This half dollar, and similar proofs dated 1833 and 1835, appear to have been minted towards the end of 1836. They may have been produced for presentation or even for sale. Approximately five proof half dollars dated 1834 are known.
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U.S. Mint, Philadelphia
Physical Description
silver (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
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struck (overall production method)
overall: .2 cm x 3.2 cm; 3/32 in x 1 1/4 in
place of issue
United States
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Coins, Currency and Medals
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Political History: National Numismatic Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Government Transfer: US DOTT, USM
Publication title
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
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