Coin Specifications

Category: Capped Bust Lettered Edge Half Dollars (1807-1836)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,960,322
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $10.01 (1/20/2021)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1818 50C MS obverse 1818 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Nearly two million half dollars were coined during 1818, and it's likely that most bore this date. Mint State examples are fairly available through MS 64, but gems are quite rare. The problem of extreme die erosion, so prevalent for 1808-14 halves, seems to be have been overcome. It's not known whether this resulted from better heat treatment of the dies or from more frequent replacement of them.

A total of 12 obverse dies were paired with ten reverses for a combination of 15 die marriages. Three of these were overdates and are described in the entry following this one.

Of the non-overdate varieties, only die state O-112a is moderately rare. The others are generally available to collectors in circulated grades. None are particularly notable, and only the overdates have a separate line in popular catalogs.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1818 50C MS
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Base $ 67.00 95.00 125 135 280 650 795 1030 1480 1600 1750 2725 3325 5600 14500 24000 42000 - - -
$ 310 - 800 1050 1500 - 1900 2750 3350 5750 16000 26500 45000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 854
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 67

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/19/2021 1818 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base16223415388112595489121229312325311---854
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Total16223415388112595489121229322325311---855
 0%1%3%4%18%10%13%7%6%10%14%0%3%4%3%3%0%0%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1818 50C MS PL
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1818 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2202623043514637831066127113631658200921972302278130573902600773179007138442132533231
23427632038857087711341302146117752072223224622873333946046444788010619163382529434893
000000113413021461177520722232246228733339460464447880106191633800
000000120313321560189221342267262129653620530568808444122321883100
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 6007
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 4499
Owner: mbrowning
 
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