Coin Specifications

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


  
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Description & Analysis

A total of 400,000 half cents was coined in 1808, and it's likely that most of these bore that date, though a few may have been coined with 1807-dated dies. Two obverse dies and two reverse dies were combined in three marriages. Of these marriages, two are overdates and are described within the entry for that variety.

The normal date C-3 is by far the most common variety for 1808, but it has its own unique charm (photos). It began its existence dated just 180, a common practice when the production of coins was sporadic and the engravers never knew in which year the die would be used. When it came time to complete this die, no 8 punch was available, and the engraver improvised by forming an 8 from two, stacked zeros normally reserved for the denominator of the value fraction!

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 121
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 62


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9/20/2010 NGC XF 40   Brown Teletrade Auction 2928, 2928/Lot# 1005 $368.00
1/3/2012 NGC F 12   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(3), 1166/Lot# 4051 $1,265.00
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1/26/2014 PCGS MS 64   Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 91 $71,875.00
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7/11/2014 NGC VG 10   Brown Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5040 $99.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1808 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1391632092553666639361159136714901659176219692197250132384172792011818178792739942488
1471782242924657541010122814081546169318312045229827463549542192191383821052324280
000000101012281408154616931831204522982746354954219219138382105200
0000001084129714491602172719002121239929923860667010518158582422500
1808 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2822923845027791121130315581719187621242285243327943412699287091103616299244265131491502
285322423594893118113881611177119582177233425533000460575649484127901900833388647100
0000001388161117711958217723342553300046057564948412790190083338800
00000014731665182320412231238326733206579881361026014544217174235100
1808 1/2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20523729836050287412081475172418702069219024332699305239024970919013516201753053346805
21525731840762698512971558177219362109227125212816333542586376106321573523627359570
0000001297155817721936210922712521281633354258637610632157352362700
0000001386164118212002214923522610293436184614778312074179552708000
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