Coin Specifications

Category: Capped Bust Lettered Edge Half Dollars (1807-1836)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 751,122
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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1820 50C MS obverse 1820 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The six obverse dies and seven reverses for 1820 were mixed to create some eight die marriages. Two of these are overdated 1820/19, and these are treated in the entry which follows.

Several different numeral punches were used for the obverse dies of this year, making for an interesting collection in their own right. Variety O-104 is slightly scarce, but without any appealing fatures it is of little general interest. More attention has been focused on the scarcer O-107, which is distinguished by letters E that are lacking serifs on their left sides from a defective punch. The premium attached has more to do with the overall rarity of this die marriage than the appeal of the missing serifs.

The more common varieties of 1820 half dollars carry no premium below Mint State, such coins being fairly scarce as compared to the several dates preceding. The reason for a significantly lower mintage in 1820 is unknown.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1820 50C MS
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Base $ 75.00 100 120 180 450 950 1200 1730 2500 2750 3000 4400 6100 8400 30000 65000 - - - -
$ 500 - 1230 1750 2600 - 3300 4800 7000 10600 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 414
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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: 6/15/2021 1820 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-5812784558252843631141014-52----411
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Total-5812784558252843641141115-52----414
 -1%2%3%19%11%14%6%7%10%15%0%3%3%4%-1%0%---- 
1820 50C MS PL
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Base----------2-----1-----3
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Total----------2-----1-----3
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1820 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1191391591902725758029901175128614381531170720092401334550826248114391744011
12614616921737365186510521212133714691590180821402716392454717978134391744011
00000086510521212133714691590180821402716392454717978134391744000
00000092711131249138715001648190822703030450358599709154401744000
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2401
Owner: Ben McQuaide
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2401
Owner: goldsaint
 
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