Coin Specifications

Category: Capped Bust Lettered Edge Half Dollars (1807-1836)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,305,797
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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1821 50C MS obverse 1821 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though the half dollars of 1817-20 are notable for overdated dies, the more modest production during 1820 evidently resulted in no leftover dies. Thus, there are no overdate varieties for 1821

This issue is available across a broad range of grades, with a fairly large number of Mint State coins certified. A number of these are gems, which is a most unusual situation for early United States coins.

There are no popularly collected varieties for this date, which is represented by a single line entry in most catalogs. The seven known die marriages resulted from the combining of six obverse dies and seven reverses. O-107 is slightly scarce but of interest solely to series specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1821 50C MS
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Base $ 85.00 100 105 135 275 565 725 1000 1700 1850 1900 2400 3850 5500 17250 27000 - - - -
$ 310 - 800 1200 1750 - 2000 2650 4250 6500 19000 29000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 791
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 1821 50C MS
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Base-2222451325496546086108119271725135----786
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Total-2222451325596546086109119281729135----793
 -3%3%6%17%7%12%7%8%11%14%0%2%4%2%4%2%1%---- 
1821 50C MS PL
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Base----------1-1111------5
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Total----------1-1121------6
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1821 50C MS PL
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Base33333368010731217130614281506168319592368308050491801034179111
3333322881111211246134614541565177520952605373693692339934179111
00000081111211246134614541565177520952605373693692339934179100
000000942116912761387148016241867223128424392136892878934179100
1821 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base102123155167201288688974111412001319139315581843212428604694592210780166182591040817
1091341591782304217831021114312401344144816531937236934715103754112726197153087942858
00000078310211143124013441448165319372369347151037541127261971500
00000087910671171127913681503174820302615408355139161146722281300
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 4694
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1212
Owner: Mark T
 
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