Coin Specifications

Category: Early Halves (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Catalog: KM-35
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.89 (9/20/2014)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1805/4 50C MS obverse 1805/4 50C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

The 1805/4 is a scarce and important date in any half dollar collection, and is in fact, the focal point of of the 1801-07 series.

The 1805/4 is as close as collectors can ever come to owning a genuine 1804 half. Two dies were made in 1804 with that date imprinted upon them, but they were never used in the calendar year. In 1805 when demand picked up once again, the 1804 dies were overstamped with a 5 and pressed into service. Rumors of genuine pieces date back to the 1860s, but to date all halves purported to be 1804s have either been counterfeits or altered 1805/4 coins.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Last Updated: 12/4/2013

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1805/4 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 375 535 1050 1550 3900 3900 7450 9350 13000 21000 31000 40000 67500 100000 120000 175000 - - - - -
$ 4350 8250 10250 14500 23000 34500 45000 75000 108000 135000 191000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 102
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 65


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2/14/2000 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1271, 1271/Lot# 1445 $1,944.00
5/31/2004 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #5, 9/Lot# 106 $4,657.50
2/3/2010 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2010 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1137, 1137/Lot# 1124 $10,350.00
9/13/2011 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The September 2011 Philadelphia Americana Sale, 113/Lot# 2858 $3,737.50
4/24/2013 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 2115 $11,750.00
7/6/2014 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 204755 $13.00
8/8/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 4038 $3,525.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1805/4 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base35142362094911521799243329104684544763336820796095881104711970129373044346042705331093421
3754897301017136820102592350149385742649572008503100741135512292187723564354206834691093420
00000025923501493857426495720085031007411355122921877235643542068346900
00000027514093519360386658758090451056111662126152460840842623699640600
1805/4 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base35142362094911521799243329104684544763336820796095881104711970129373044346042705331093421
3754897301017136820102592350149385742649572008503100741135512292187723564354206834691093420
00000025923501493857426495720085031007411355122921877235643542068346900
00000027514093519360386658758090451056111662126152460840842623699640600
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Grade: VF 25
Points: 1152
Owner: goldsaint
 
Grade: VF Details
Points: 576
Owner: Carl Beeson
 
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