Coin Specifications

Category: Draped Bust Half Cents (1800-1808)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 814,464
Catalog: KM-33
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.44 Grams
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1805 1/2C MS obverse 1805 1/2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In addition to the mintage figure shown above, an alternative was provided by Walter Breen, who speculated that the net figure for ones actually dated 1805 was just 694,464. The balance of production for this year was supposed by him to include many 1804s.

Four die marriages are known for 1805, these taken from three obverses and three reverses. Oddly enough, each obverse has a different style of numeral 5. The most common is C-1, which combines a Medium 5 obverse with the familiar No Stems reverse used to coin half cents dated 1804 and 1806, as well. C-2 and C-3 both feature a Small 5, with C-2 being genuinely rare. C-4 has a Large 5 and is common (photos), though C-1 remains the marriage most often seen in higher grades.

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1805 1/2C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 70.00 90.00 130 225 440 440 740 900 1050 1375 1700 1800 2500 3900 - - - - - - -
$ 525 800 1000 1200 1575 1825 2000 2900 4500 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 197
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 64


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5/30/2010 PCGS G 4   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1125 $819.00
9/15/2010 NGC VF 20   Brown Teletrade Auction 2926, 2926/Lot# 1004 $109.25
11/14/2010 PCGS F 15   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 210114/Lot# 26386 $3,593.75
1/24/2012 NGC AU 50   Brown Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 8016 $603.75
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1805 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2302413204236679741138136915151658188620332169250130716408802284488890120071827728167
2332673545047691028121514171562173419352078227926914183694681648595992914097215730
00000012151417156217341935207822792691418369468164859599291409700
000000129214661610181019842123239028815295748483068742109681618700
1805 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2822923845027791121130315581719187621242285243327943412699287091103616299244265131491502
285322423594893118113881611177119582177233425533000460575649484127901900833388647100
0000001388161117711958217723342553300046057564948412790190083338800
00000014731665182320412231238326733206579881361026014544217174235100
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