Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head Half Cents (1809-1836)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,154,572
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1809 1/2C MS obverse 1809 1/2C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1809 half cent is not a truly common coin, but enough examples survive in circulated grades to make this a collectable issue. Five obverse dies and five reverse dies were combined to create six marriages. That having numeral 9 punched over an inverted 9 (C-5) is described in the next entry.

The only other notable variety for 1809 features an obverse die on which the zero of the date was punched over a smaller zero that remains visible within it (C-4). Moderately scarce, this variety carries a premium starting with the higher circulated grades.

Among the die marriages having a normal date, only C-1 is rare, though C-2 is moderately scarce. C-3 is one of the common varieties. Mint State 1809 half cents are rare for any variety.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/3/2021

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1809 1/2C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 85.00 95.00 110 175 220 315 400 535 650 725 800 1150 1900 3500 6500 70000 - - - -
$ 250 340 440 575 675 750 850 1300 2350 4000 30000 - - -
1809 1/2C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 2500 4950 12500 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 547
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
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: 9/21/2021 1809 1/2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base92924379539542127446111937202162----546
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Total92924379539542127446111937202262----547
 2%5%4%7%17%7%10%4%5%8%11%0%3%7%4%4%1%0%---- 
1809 1/2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------1-----1
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Total----------------1-----1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1809 1/2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base183320351395551674811891925113812391421150517992368323841411129411842124091335614356
229330366447592720838902996117213001449160319892658353965251147712031127251368915074
0000008389029961172130014491603198926583539652511477120311272500
00000086491410671205136014771701217829483840891011659122201304000
1809 1/2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11112715117520523727230436940946650262072524643675421765746942732579688653
116135159185216249283326382428478541655130528683856500366977070753981969086
000000283326382428478541655130528683856500366977070753900
000000293347396447490581690188432714036578868197197775400
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