Coin Specifications

Category: Capped Bust Lettered Edge Half Dollars (1807-1836)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,405,810
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $10.15 (6/25/2021)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1809 50C MS obverse 1809 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The half dollars of 1809 are intriguing on many levels. Both sides of this coin type were revised from those of 1807-08. The obverse changes are subtle, the most visible being a revision to the lay of Liberty's gown lines. On the reverse, however, the eagle has quite plainly lost its serpent-like neck, and its wings have been reshaped. The olive branch is likewise revised, with the lower two leaf pairs showing lesser separation of the leaves.

Another distinctive feature of the 1809 half dollars is that some die marriages are known having edge devices unique to this date. The legend FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR, seen on all coins of this type, may be found with either IIIII or XXXXX dividing the end of the inscription from its beginning. A few die marriages are known both with or without these seemingly experimental edge devices.

A total of 15 die marriages are known from eight obverse dies and 12 reverses. None of these are rare, but scarce ones include O-101, O-104, O-108a, O-112, O-113 and O-114. This date is common in worn condition, with Mint State pieces being rather scarce and in high demand.

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Last Updated: 9/5/2019

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1809 50C MS
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Base $ 67.50 100 155 220 405 775 975 1475 2200 2800 2975 3550 5100 8650 21500 33000 - - - -
$ 450 - 1080 1600 2400 - 3300 3850 5750 10000 24750 37500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 970
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/22/2021 1809 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base4225469250841235247729521932181791----970
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Total4225469250841245247729621932191894----977
 0%2%6%7%26%9%13%5%5%7%10%0%2%3%2%2%1%0%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1809 50C MS PL
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1809 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1139163175255489719908121913931619175318862268267135454992654512579194053027447719
471471672013335657821011127714681663179720132402296240275509855614854230283608950105
00000078210111277146816631797201324022962402755098556148542302800
000000845111513351543170818412140253632534509602710567171292665100
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 23648
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 8556
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
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