Coin Specifications

Category: Early Halves (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 29,890
Catalog: KM-35
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $5.66 (8/30/2015)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
Link to this coin

1802 O-101 50C MS obverse 1802 O-101 50C MS reverse

Expand All    Collapse All


Click on a coin to see VarietyPlus details.

Description & Analysis

O-101, R.3. For a series with so many die varieties and even subvarieties, the 1802 half dollar mintage is a lesson in contradiction, as the 29,890 pieces recorded struck were produced from a single die pair. There are no others known for the date, and after 205 years it is highly unlikely, although not impossible, that any others will be found. The year 1827 hold the series record for the greatest number of die marriages. The 28 obverse dies and 34 reverse dies were married in 49 different combinations to produce the 5.5 million pieces for the year, for an average of more than 112,000 halves per pair. In the case of the 1802, then, it is little wonder that the Mint personnel even saw fit to reuse master dies from 1801 to produce the working dies for 1802: After all, that mintage amounted to only one-quarter of the average mintage for a single die pair in 1827.

The 1802 also bears the distinction of being the only Draped Bust half that is a single-variety year. (The 1815, a Capped Bust design, is a single-variety year as well.) While the reasons for the relatively small mintage are lost to posterity, it bears mentioning that the other silver denominations produced during the year, the half dime and dime, are also small by series standards, with the half dime a legendary rarity. (The difference, of course, is that most yearly mintages of the early half dime and dime were on the smallish side, while the silver half dollar, along with the large cent and gold half eagle, was one of the three workhorse coinage denominations of early U.S. commerce.)

Mint State coins of this issue are quite rare.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


Loading... Working...

Use the scroll bar at the bottom of this box to view a summary of the NGC Price Guide, NGC Census, Auction Prices Realized and NGC Registry Scores for each grade.

There was no data found for this Coin.

Select Designation


Select Grade

*To view the Census details for this coin, please sign in or sign up.

Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/27/2015

Click on a price to see historical prices, comparison charts and trends.

1802 O-101 50C MS
Base $ 1200 1800 2525 4150 7800 18750 25000 42500 53500 72500 150000 - - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - -

The World Coin Price Guide is independently compiled by Krause Publications’ NumisMaster. NGC makes this information available to its website visitors as a free service, but in no way does the information provided represent NGC’s official opinion or policy. For example, varieties listed in the World Coin Price Guide may not necessarily be recognized by NGC. Please contact NGC Customer Service with any questions.

NGC Price and Value Guides Disclaimer



Total Graded: 98
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 60

Upcoming Auctions

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Auction House
Sale / Lot
9/8/1997 PCGS F 15   Teletrade Auction 0978, 978/Lot# 1378 $463.25
5/5/2000 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2000 Central States Sale #226, 226/Lot# 7373 $2,070.00
3/3/2008 NGC VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 225, 231/Lot# 3082 $5,095.65
1/30/2011 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1416 $13,225.00
5/27/2012 PCGS VF 30   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1038 $4,446.00
2/7/2013 PCGS FA 2   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1182/Lot# 7906 $705.00
1/8/2014 NGC F 15   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 4340 $2,467.50
3/2/2014 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 175569 $3,135.00
5/19/2015 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers May 2015 Pogue Collection, 6071/Lot# 1106 $117,500.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1802 O-101 50C MS
1802 O-101 50C MS Prooflike
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: VF 30
Points: 1393
Owner: goldsaint
View the Registry Image Gallery

Related Articles

There are no related articles for this coin.

NGC Auction Central Disclaimer