Coin Specifications

Category: Capped Bust Lettered Edge Half Dollars (1807-1836)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,203,644
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $10.03 (4/19/2021)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1811 50C MS obverse 1811 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The half dollar was the U. S. Mint's primary silver denomination at this time, since dollar production had been halted by presidential order in 1804. Bankers preferred half dollars as vault reserves for their greater ease of counting, as compared to the lower denominations. The Mint preferred them, too, as the same value of coin production could be achieved with less work than in coining dimes or quarters. The result of this preferential coining was that half dollars were routinely struck in numbers exceeded one million per year from 1808-14.

The half dollars of this date are known with either a Large 8 or Small 8 in the date. The Large 8 is seen on only two of the ten obverse dies known and is a bit more scarce, bringing a modest premium in higher grades. A like number of reverses were employed. A fair number of unworn coins are known for both varieties, though certified examples are certainly not common. None of the 1811 die marriages are rare, but O-112a and O-113 are scarce enough to bring a premium from specialists. The one standout variety for general collectors is the overdate, which is addressed in the entry following this one.

As with most half dollars from this period, extreme die erosion and deep, multiple die clashings are not unusual. The dies were used until they failed, and this thrift shows on many of the surviving coins.

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Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1811 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 90.00 110 170 205 430 760 950 1150 1950 2200 2375 2800 3850 6275 17250 33500 60000 115000 - -
$ 440 - 975 1280 2150 - 2400 2850 4250 6350 19500 44000 85000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 873
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 68

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: 4/13/2021 1811 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base31020381665090396081121128563938191031--873
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Total31020381665090396081121129584041201031--881
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1811 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11913916318625838159777496910841239133314211609192830094805592210564162722535139910
125147170210299453656839100711351270136214831715228836075177746912466192983020441906
0000006568391007113512701362148317152288360751777469124661929800
0000007159041045118713011391154618212648420655499016143692232400
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1928
Owner: Mark T
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1928
Owner: rfromcolo
 
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