Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head Half Cents (1809-1836)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,154,572
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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1809 1/2C MS obverse 1809 1/2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1809 half cent is not a truly common coin, but enough examples survive in circulated grades to make this a collectable issue. Five obverse dies and five reverse dies were combined to create six marriages. That having numeral 9 punched over an inverted 9 (C-5) is described in the next entry.

The only other notable variety for 1809 features an obverse die on which the zero of the date was punched over a smaller zero that remains visible within it (C-4). Moderately scarce, this variety carries a premium starting with the higher circulated grades.

Among the die marriages having a normal date, only C-1 is rare, though C-2 is moderately scarce. C-3 (photos) is one of the common varieties. Mint State 1809 half cents are rare for any variety.

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Last Updated: 6/16/2015

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1809 1/2C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 63.00 75.00 85.00 115 200 315 365 440 585 800 1125 1550 2500 5000 77500 - - - -
$ 235 - 400 515 690 1000 1375 2000 3400 50000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 407
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66


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12/14/2011 NGC XF 40   Brown Teletrade Auction 3190, 3190/Lot# 1002 $230.00
7/11/2013 NGC MS 62   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1187/Lot# 7057 $763.75
9/22/2013 NGC VF 35   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/22/2013, 93/Lot# 135830 $137.50
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 66   Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 95 $89,125.00
7/13/2014 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131429/Lot# 26006 $96.35
10/19/2014 NGC AU 50   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 826, 835/Lot# 4 $515.00
10/10/2014 NGC VF 25   Brown Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14255 $64.63
3/31/2015 PCGS AU 55   Brown Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32414 $387.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1809 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base941111391752202884015026046677568119089901110133921243382494773471106816895
991201511902423254345366256967748439351030118616002543390357478587130100
000000434536625696774843935103011861600254339035747858700
000000468570646726792875962107012621862296244256547982700
1809 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111271511752052372723043694094665026207251179166318863112458868661041516001
116135159185215248282325382428478541655876134017372294360453478049122770
00000028232538242847854165587613401737229436045347804900
000000293347395447490580690102715011811270340966106923200
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