Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head Half Cents (1809-1836)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 63,140
Catalog: KM-41
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.44 Grams
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1811 1/2C MS obverse 1811 1/2C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

Never a widely used coin before, by 1811 the half cent was deemed a failure. A mere 63,140 pieces were coined that year from two die marriages before production was suspended until 1825.

Both varieties are scarce, with high grade examples being nearly non-existent. Cohen-1 is the scarcer of the two, but most of the price pressure for 1811 is on the date alone, with few collectors seeking both varieties.

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1811 1/2C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 450 865 1750 2450 5400 5400 9100 11000 12250 14400 - - - - - - - - - - -
$ 6100 10000 12000 13500 16500 - - - - - 350000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 60
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 55


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3/3/2008 NGC VF 30   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 225, 231/Lot# 3016 $2,531.15
2/12/2012 NGC VG 8   Brown Teletrade Auction 3223, 3223/Lot# 1002 $120.00
1/1/2013 NGC AU 50   Brown Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12013 $1,086.88
3/9/2014 PCGS   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 172047 $247.50
5/4/2014 PCGS   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 173852 $154.00
6/4/2014 PCGS VG 8   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1206/Lot# 7060 $763.75
8/31/2014 NGC   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 209914 $1,300.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1811 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4615195861110173029603238348636463747389239844290469451586820108261482620672293314231862034
480541760131621403052332035393679379539224086442448485712815512159167742355833660488900
00000033203539367937953922408644244848571281551215916774235583366000
00000034033592371338433953418845595003626694901349218723264443798900
1811 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5125776481209186831653457371738853991414242394559498154667198231851549521527304373174232914
5336008351428230032623543377339204041417443454699514260431252723185175052449730872321320
000000354337733920404141744345469951426043125272318517505244973087200
000000363038293955409142064452484053046620178562318519516274673130700
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