1833 Half Cent- Grade?

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Marc Aldrich, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. Marc Aldrich

    Marc Aldrich New Member

    Hi everyone. I am interested in this coin, but am not sure what grade this would closely be matched to. I am not that familiar with half cents. I am distracted by the nicks on obverse and reverse. In the 1800's did they have such a thing as bag marks?

    Could this be uncirculated? My guess is no. Is this maybe an AU or XF?

    I would appreciate any insight?

    Thanks in advance! 1833 Half cent.jpg Half Cent.jpg
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  3. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    looks XF-45 tops and cleaned to me.
  4. C-B-D

    C-B-D U.S. Type Coins or death! Supporter

    AU details cleaned
  5. gronnh20

    gronnh20 Well-Known Member

    I am at AU50 and cleaned also. The red color just doesn't hang around for 150+ years. Still, the coin has a lot of detail. If you like it, buy it. Leave it out of a holder for a while and it will start turning brown again.
  6. Kirkuleez

    Kirkuleez 80 proof

    AU details, cleaned. I really like the '33 though, the threes have a unique look and the style was not used on any other denominations or dates. There was only one obverse and reverse die used for this date. The reverse die was also used in 34 and 35.

    And yes, they definitely had bag marks in those days as well.
  7. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    I concur with AU details, cleaned.

    I like it as a Choice AU, details-wise (55-ish), but the color looks "off".
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