US Half Cent dated 1829 and minted at Philadelphia. It has a Classic Style head with flowing curly hair and a Liberty head band on the obverse, and a wreath with the words Half Cent and United States of America on the reverse (see all Photos). This copper coin is just 13 years shy of being 200 years old. Half Cents were sporadically issued by the United States between 1793 and 1857 with some gaps in production up to 13 years in length. Apparently, the half cent was not in great demand among American citizens and merchants and the denomination was eventually abandoned in 1857. Some politicians today have advocated making the penny obsolete and leaving the nickel as the smallest US coin denomination.
Denomination: US Copper Half Cent Year: 1829 Mintage: 487,000 Condition Assessment (in my opinion; see Text): Fine to Very Fine (F to VF)
As noted above, this 1829 Half cent is, in my opinion in Fine to Very Fine condition with no major scratches dents or other damage. This coin has not been cleaned and its authenticity is fully guaranteed. There were only 487,000 half cents minted in 1829. There were 1,055,312 half cents minted in 1804 and another 1,154,572 such coins minted in 1809. In comparison to modern coinage of the last 50 years, the 1829 production year is an extraordinary low mintage. In fact, a Lincoln cent with just 484,000 minted in 1909 is now worth about $950 today for one in about the same condition as the half cent listed here (e.g., the celebrated 1909 S VDB cent).
US coins offer good investment opportunities that over the last 70 years consistently demonstrate steadily increasing average values that typically out pace inflation. Coins also are miniature windows into the past and each one has a long affiliation with US history going back to the very first year they exchanged hands in a business deal or personal transaction. This particular coin is old enough to have once been carried in the pocket of Frederick Douglass, Henry David Thoreau, Mary Todd Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, John Quincy Adams, Davey Crockett, Stephen F Austin, Samuel Clemens, or Betsy Ross to name just a few among some 20 million other possibilities including maybe your great, great, great grandmother. Who really knows?
TERMS OF SALE:
Absolutely no international shipping is provided – only US buyers with US addresses due to US Custom’s restrictions regarding coins. The coin you will receive is the exact same coin as shown in all the photographs. Payment may be made via PayPal, USPS money order, or valid personal check drawn on US banks only. Your purchase is shipped once your check or echeck clears, and PayPal echecks may take up to 10 days to clear through my bank. Buyers address needs to be confirmed and secure to received delivery from the USPS with no adverse history of past claims or losses. Email us with any concerns if you are unsure.
ABOUT DOCS NUMISMATIC EXPERIENCE: Doc has more than 55 years of handling and assessing coins. His condition assessments are typically conservative in comparison to some in today’s market place. If the buyer feels that their purchase does not meet her/his own standards, then you may send the coin/coins back as long as the immediate coin packaging has not been opened or tampered with and as long as the coin itself has not been damaged by shipping or transit.
ABOUT DOCS SHIPPING: All of Docs coins are sent well packed and insured. This coin will be sent sealed in the coin folder shown in Photos 8 and 9 by USPS First Class package with insurance. Therefore, any coin damaged by shipping will need to have an insurance claim filed in a timely manner and this is the responsibility of the recipient. To date, fortunately, we have not had a single coin damaged by the USPS even after sending thousands of coins and coin lots by the USPS. Importantly, please contact us ASAP if your coin was damaged and save all of the packaging as always required for any USPS insurance claim (the USPS requires every little scrap of the packing and envelop or box as a formal part of any claim). See shipping menu for USPS postage costs for mailing this coin to a US mainland address (no international shipping allowed).
RETURN POLICY: Most all of our buyers have been very pleased with our merchandise and that includes our ceramics and glass as well as coins and books and paintings. Still, satisfaction and peace of mind are guaranteed for all of Docs listings -- and so you have the option to send this 1829 US Copper Half Cent back to me as long as you meet a few simple requirements. First, this coin was not damaged in shipping or delivery (see note above about insurance claims and filings). Second, the inner coin packaging has not been opened or tampered with and therefore all security details are intact. The coins will be packed so that the buyer may view them to verify them without removing them from their inner-most packing. Once the inner packaging has been opened, a coin can not be returned unless the buyer obtained my written email consent in a timely manner. All returns must be sent back undamaged and post marked within fourteen days of receipt at buyer’s address to receive a refund minus shipping/insurance costs (a small sacrifice if you should simply change your mind). If in doubt, email or call us ASAP.
OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES: Docs Antiques also offers combined shipping discounts, customized layaway terms and plans (email us your needs or wishes), and repeat buyer discounts (see letter included with any prior purchases for details). All items shipped within the US are sent with insurance and tracking. Finally, we constantly strive to offer quality antiques and merchandise at competitive discounted prices when comparing apples to apples. If you see something that you definitely want but feel that our price is not competitive, send us an email offer and we will see just what else might be possible. Finally, please take a moment to browse our other listings for many uncommon, unique or highly collectibles items. And do kindly remember to close the door and turn off the lights if you are the last one leaving our virtual shop - - thanks.