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-6 (photos) is one of the common varieties. Mint State 1809 half cents are rare for any variety.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/11/2014

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1809 1/2C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 63.00 75.00 85.00 115 200 200 315 365 440 585 765 800 1125 1550 2500 5000 77500 - - - -
$ 235 345 400 515 690 825 1000 1375 2000 3400 50000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 399
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66


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1/12/2015 VF 25  Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1216/Lot# 3084
1/12/2015 MS 64  Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1216/Lot# 3085


Auction Prices Realized

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5/4/2005 PCGS VG 10   Brown Teletrade Auction 2035, 2035/Lot# 1000 $82.50
11/7/2011 PCGS AU 50   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(4), 1161/Lot# 7021 $253.00
1/8/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 8040 $763.75
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 66   Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 95 $89,125.00
3/30/2014 NGC MS 63   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 164868 $1,157.20
10/10/2014 NGC VF 30   Brown Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14258 $49.35
11/6/2014 PCGS AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(5), 1211/Lot# 7055 $705.00
12/7/2014 NGC F 15   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 833, 842/Lot# 12 $75.00


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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