Coin Specifications

Category: Draped Bust Half Cents (1800-1808)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,055,312
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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1804 1/2C MS obverse 1804 1/2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As a date the 1804 half cent is very common, with even a fair number of Mint State examples available to collectors. It also has the greatest number of die marriages of the Draped Bust Half Cent series, some 13 in all. These are divided among three major varieties: Crosslet 4 in date, Crosslet 4 with Spiked Chin and Plain 4. These are further divided by the fact that the wreath stems were omitted from a single, but very prolific, reverse die (see photo). The only rare marriages are Crosslet 4 varieties C-2 and C-4, both of which have the usual stems on the wreath.

Once again the number of half cents coined bearing the date 1804 depends upon which source is cited. In contrast to the 1,055,312 figure given above, Walter Breen arrived at a net mintage of 771,312+ after deducting what he believed were half cents coined during 1804 but dated 1803. The overall commonness of this date, however, lends support to the higher total.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/11/2014

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1804 1/2C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 72.00 90.00 130 225 400 400 690 800 925 1250 1600 1700 2400 3625 5950 15500 23500 - - - -
$ 475 775 900 1100 1475 1750 1900 2750 4100 7900 17500 - - -
1804 1/2C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3100 4750 8000 - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 3650 5750 10500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1108
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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7/15/2001 NGC VF 20   Brown Teletrade Auction 1459, 1459/Lot# 1000 $109.00
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5/24/2009 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 93 $4,600.00
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12/5/2013 NGC AU 55   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1192/Lot# 7021 $763.75
1/5/2014 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131402/Lot# 22704 $247.93


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1804 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11632373665861088151218432078221924122531288532383639440393611411121551333155207682229
551872804397531229162219212125228324512649300233713893605510944165912547239568621270
00000016221921212522832451264930023371389360551094416591254723956800
00000017321999217223472491276731203505414877081252719071293934582200
1804 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2822923845027791121130315581719187621242285243327943412699287091103616299244265131491502
285322423594893118113881611177119582177233425533000460575649484127901900833388647100
0000001388161117711958217723342553300046057564948412790190083338800
00000014731665182320412231238326733206579881361026014544217174235100
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