Coin Specifications

Category: Capped Bust Lettered Edge Half Dollars (1807-1836)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,075,200
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.63 (11/21/2019)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1828 50C MS obverse 1828 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though the production of half dollars fell from the highs of 1826-27, this is still a rather common date across most grades. Mint State pieces are fairly common, with gems being in limited supply.

Four different date styles were employed, and these were paired with two different sizes of reverse lettering. The result was no fewer than five distinctive combinations of obverse and reverse styles that merit separate line items in popular catalogs. These include a Curled Base 2, with or without a knob on the 2, a Square Base 2, with either Large or Small 8s on obverse and either Large or Small Letters on the reverse. There is little difference in rarity or value among these five configurations, but individual die marriages include some very scarce entries: O-105 and O-123. The total number of dies identified to date are 13 obverses and 19 reverses, with some 23 die marriages between them.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/6/2019

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1828 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 70.00 80.00 95.00 115 210 365 375 625 950 1250 1450 1750 2500 4100 11800 18650 - - - -
$ 235 - 490 675 975 - 1480 1800 2550 4100 13750 20750 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1500
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/19/2019 1828 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base4112529195951681061321702493539064692411----1498
---------------11-----2
----------1--111-2----6
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Total4112529195951681061321702503539165712513----1506
 0 %1 %2 %2 %13 %6 %11 %7 %9 %11 %17 %0 %4 %6 %4 %5 %2 %1 %---- 
1828 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1--1--------2
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Total----------1--1--------2
 ----------50 %--50 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/1/2009 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 943 $718.75
11/20/2011 NGC F 12   Teletrade Auction 3175, 3175/Lot# 1741 $74.75
10/14/2012 NGC Details F Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131243/Lot# 22752 $34.00
8/25/2013 NGC VG 10   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/25/2013, 89/Lot# 133877 $74.80
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1189/Lot# 6430 $4,993.75
10/10/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15086 $95.00
11/16/2014 NGC VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 830, 839/Lot# 818 $140.00
8/2/2017 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2017 August 2 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Denver Session(4), 1258/Lot# 5010 $1,703.75
8/28/2019 NGC F 15   Heritage Auctions Tuesday & Wednesday US Coins Weekly Online Auction Session(1), 131936/Lot# 21167 $79.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1828 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10212315516318328845659770176485390810661450182126994111536794101460611
109134158170218344503632722794871961119415742114317045306715111421460610
000000503632722794871961119415742114317045306715111421460600
0000005506667438238901013132216972406364049488062128741460600
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 7929
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 7099
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
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