Coin Specifications

Category: Capped Bust Lettered Edge Half Dollars (1807-1836)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 47,150
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $10.07 (6/21/2021)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1815/2 50C MS obverse 1815/2 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Napoleonic Wars, of which America's War of 1812 was a sidebar story, played havoc with bullion prices and interrupted deposits of silver at the U. S. Mint. As a consequence, no half dollars were coined during calendar year 1815. When production commenced early the following year, a single half dollar obverse die was overdated from 1812 and paired with a single reverse to create the only die marriage dated 1815. A mere 47,150 of these coins were delivered January 10, 1816 before a fire destroyed the Mint's rolling mills. Unable to manufacture planchet strip until the machinery was replaced months later, no more halves were coined with the 1815 date.

Though 1815/2 is not an especially rare coin, its low mintage, combined with the overall popularity of Capped Bust Halves with date collectors, has placed great price pressure on this issue. Mint State coins are in very short supply, and even worn pieces command strong premiums as the key date for the 1807-36 series. One positive feature of 1815/2 half dollars is that they are free of the extreme die clashing and erosion typical of many halves 1808-14.

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Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1815/2 50C MS
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Base $ 2225 2100 3625 5625 6950 10800 13400 16500 18850 24500 26500 35000 46500 83000 132500 150000 - - - -
$ 7000 - - 18000 21500 - - - - 90000 - 215000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 267
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/15/2021 1815/2 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base3161860323121192229-39661-----267
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Total3161860323121192229-396711----269
 1%0%2%7%22%12%12%8%7%8%11%-1%3%2%3%0%0%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1815/2 50C MS PL
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1815/2 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1127115581799200926142960326036153826411442904694574768209307105151129418793257083580950757
424136616381869221027293060337836853922417244245045610476499709107741379321098290754079153295
00000030603378368539224172442450456104764997091077413793210982907500
000000316034963755401842314559539664628478101121103416293234033244200
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 13794
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 3260
Owner: goldsaint
 
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