Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head Half Cents (1809-1836)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 215,000
Catalog: KM-41
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.44 Grams
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1810 C-1 1/2C MS obverse 1810 C-1 1/2C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

Just a single die marriage is known for the date 1810. This makes the reported mintage of 215,000 pieces for the year too high for all such coins to have been dated 1810. Walter Breen suggested that most of the half cents struck this year were from 1809-dated dies, and there is likely some truth to that. Others have speculated that some at least some of the 1810-dated half cents were coined in 1811, further muddying the waters.

1810 half cents are slightly scarce, though not truly rare. This date carries a premium starting with the higher circulated grades.

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Last Updated: 7/14/2014

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1810 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 60.00 80.00 135 300 625 625 1000 1150 1350 1550 1650 1950 2850 4175 7500 13000 - - - - -
$ 800 1100 1250 1450 1750 1860 2450 3250 4900 10500 50000 125000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 93
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65


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8/9/2014 VF 30   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7042


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2/27/2003 NGC MS 62   Brown Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Signature Sale #314, 314/Lot# 5079 $1,495.00
12/12/2005 NGC MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2005 December Dallas Signature Auction #398, 398/Lot# 24 $16,100.00
2/5/2006 PCGS AU 50   Brown Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 481 $1,150.00
11/29/2006 NGC AU 53   Brown Heritage Auctions 2006 November Dallas Signature Coin Auction #420, 420/Lot# 55 $862.50
7/23/2007 NGC VF 35   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 161, 166/Lot# 22 $276.00
10/23/2008 PCGS MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2008 October Dallas, TX Signature US Coin Auction #1117, 1117/Lot# 56 $6,325.00
11/20/2011 PCGS XF 45   Brown Teletrade Auction 3175, 3175/Lot# 1006 $747.50
5/30/2012 NGC AU 50   Brown Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2042 $517.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1810 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9811518330445082010661271140014801593166318862009233528073467683810039149622261134615
1031372233525739021134131414261517161617371927211724923027459079051168017511266120
000000113413141426151716161737192721172492302745907905116801751100
000000120213571453155516391811196822262649324757148972133212006100
1810 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11513120934250290011621381151716031722179720332163250730043697721610542156361101114394
1201572533956349871235142615451642174718752076227726723235487083241224015636121380
000000123514261545164217471875207622772672323548708324122401563600
000000130814711574168217721954211923922838346660439433139381563600
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