Coin Specifications

Category: Draped Bust Half Cents (1800-1808)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 211,530
Catalog: KM-33
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1800 C-1 1/2C MS obverse 1800 C-1 1/2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The humble half cent was the last United States coin to receive Scot's Draped Bust design, the first examples being coined with the 1800 date. As is so often the case with early federal issues, there is no universal agreement on the number coined, other sources putting the mintage at 202,908 pieces.

Just a single die marriage is known for 1800 half cents, and it utilizes a reverse die of the 1795-97 style. A few 1800 half cents are known on mis-struck cents that were cut down to size for recycling purposes. These are rare, and most of this mintage was coined on superior planchets provided by Matthew Boulton & Company in England.

Mint State survivors of variable quality are known from two different hoards, the first surfacing just after the turn of the last century, and the other coming to light in Boston during the 1930s. This latter hoard may have been found as the result of President Roosevelt's 1933 "Bank Holiday," in which all the nation's banks were closed for several days while being inspected by federal auditors to determine their soundness. Many early coins are known to have been revealed as the deepest recesses of old banks were exposed.

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1800 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
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1800 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
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1800 C-1 1/2C MS Red
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 191
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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3/24/2004 NGC MS 63   Brown Heritage Auctions 2004 March Portland, OR Signature Sale #344, 344/Lot# 5015 $2,530.00
11/27/2006 NGC MS 62   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 115: The Eagle One Sale, 120/Lot# 4791 $1,840.00
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1122 $35.00
3/17/2011 NGC AU 53   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(4), 1153/Lot# 7063 $862.50
9/18/2011 PCGS AU 58   Brown Teletrade Auction 3139, 3139/Lot# 1005 $1,800.00
2/26/2012 NGC Details VF Details  Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/26/2012, 9/Lot# 35427 $51.00
2/28/2012 NGC MS 63   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1220 $3,737.50
12/1/2013 NGC VG 10   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131350/Lot# 22492 $135.13
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 65   Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 50 $18,975.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1800 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1391632092724778029411066133114831686180821242464286034474694879513163199713068447695
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1800 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
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Base17520125533056393010851223156717592011216125042947352542905314953114152213133252450240
18321928040768598111311337163118432061227526513139378046316719110711653925050384290
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1800 C-1 1/2C MS Red
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