Coin Specifications

Category: Capped Bust Lettered Edge Half Dollars (1807-1836)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 750,500
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $5.82 (6/18/2019)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1807 CAPPED 50C MS obverse 1807 CAPPED 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of this coin type is merely a reconstruction, as no one can be certain when the Draped Bust type ended and the Capped Bust Half Dollar began. It's likely that the number coined of the new type is lower than shown in popular guides, based on the survival ratio of the two coin types.

The new portrait of Liberty and perched eagle are the work of German-American engraver John Reich. He was hired as Second Engraver to Robert Scot, but his superior talent over the elder man became immediately apparent. These same devices were quickly adapted to other denominations, though they always seemed to be in better proportion on the half dollar.

Four obverse dies were paired with three reverses to create the four known die marriages. Three feature Large Stars, while O-113 is the sole entry having Small Stars. Varieties O-111 and O-112 share a common reverse on which numeral 5 in the value was first punched inverted and then corrected. This error has come to be known as 50 over 20, since the underlying numeral appears at first glance to be a 2. O-111 is also notable for a progressive die break from Liberty's chin to bust, the latest die state being the scarce and popular "Bearded Goddess" (O-111b).

Mint State coins are scarce for this issue, but several gems and near gems have been certified. The remaining pieces are found across a broad range of grades. Due to the fact that half dollars were often stored as backing for bank notes, lightly worn coins are found in greater number than for the smaller denominations.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1807 CAPPED 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 150 265 585 770 1650 2500 3300 3975 5500 8000 9050 10700 15000 25500 78500 - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 565
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 65

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/18/2019 1807 CAPPED 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base51531431586459353737421911864-----565
----1-----1--------1--3
---------------4------4
-----------------------
Total515314315964593537374319118104--1--572
 1 %3 %5 %8 %28 %11 %10 %6 %6 %6 %8 %0 %2 %2 %1 %2 %1 %--0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/20/2005 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1192 $2,640.00
11/27/2006 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 115: The Eagle One Sale, 120/Lot# 4213 $2,300.00
2/26/2012 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131210/Lot# 27741 $1,495.00
5/9/2012 NGC AG 3   Teletrade Auction 3274, 3274/Lot# 1702 $60.00
10/6/2013 NGC AG 3   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/06/2013, 95/Lot# 139824 $84.70
10/1/2015 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The Oct 2015 Rarities Auction, 6133/Lot# 34 $8,225.00
10/3/2016 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1240/Lot# 7396 $881.25
11/2/2017 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1261/Lot# 16753 $6,000.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1807 50C MS CAPPED
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2232652983484395327338749251092136916971834207924893185492162868537153682480740324
2372763153784705997808919811184147817431916221627213764537670361081418514299790
000000780891981118414781743191622162721376453767036108141851400
0000008279081036127715881788199723522953434258317787130912166100
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 15143
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 11141
Owner: RCJ Wexford Collection
 
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