Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Rare 1829 Choice Proof Half Dime

    1829 PR 64 NGC. V-7. An unmistakable proof striking, there are only an estimated 20 proofs known of this date. They were apparently struck for two reasons in this year: for the cornerstone of the new mint building on Chestnut and Juniper Streets in Philadelphia, and also to commemorate the use of a close collar--a mechanical improvement that imparted a "mathematical equality" to the coins so struck. In the Breen 1977 reference he states that only one proof half dime is known from the V-7 dies, and that coin is from the Brand Collection, later sold by New Netherlands.
    We cannot be certain if this is that piece because he does not mention in which NN sale the Brand coin appeared. This is a distinctive coin, however. If one wished to peruse old New Netherlands catalogs (a worthwhile endeavor in itself) it might be possible to nail down the pedigree of this coin for certain. On the reverse there is a planchet flake out of the field above the left eagle's wing. Surely this would have been mentioned in previous catalog appearances. There are also several other smaller flakes out of the field below the eagle's right wing. Otherwise, the fields are fully mirrored and while a few hairlines are present, the coin overall presents very well and displays rich golden-brown toning accented with crimson and sky-blue over both sides. An important early proof and of the highest order of rarity. Population: 2 in PR 64, only 1 is finer (8/98).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 27CK, PCGS# 4294)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 1999
    6th-8th Wednesday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 407
    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 15 days left to consign to the 2020 November 19 - 21 US Coins Signature Auction !

    Learn about consigning with us

    The results exceeded our expectations by approximately 50%, and we are so happy that we went with Heritage Auction for the sale of the coins.
    H. Walter K.,
    Barnstable, MA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search