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: 6/12/2020

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1809 1/2C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 62.00 88.00 100.00 170 225 340 360 500 575 750 825 1100 1850 3700 5900 83000 - - - -
1809 1/2C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1880 4600 6250 18200 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 523
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: 8/11/2020 1809 1/2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base82622349333481928456111936192262----522
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---------------1------1
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Total82622349333481928456111936192362----523
 2%5%4%7%18%6%9%4%5%9%12%0%4%7%4%4%1%0%---- 
1809 1/2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------1-----1
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Total----------------1-----1
 ----------------100%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1809 1/2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base941111391752202884015026046677568119089901110133921243382494773471106816895
991201511902423254345366256967748439351030118616002543390357478587130100
000000434536625696774843935103011861600254339035747858700
000000468570646726792875962107012621862296244256547982700
1809 1/2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111271511752052372723043694094665026207251179166318863112458868661041516001
116135159185215248282325382428478541655876134017372294360453478049122770
00000028232538242847854165587613401737229436045347804900
000000293347395447490580690102715011811270340966106923200
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