Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head Half Cents (1809-1836)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 63,140
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1811 1/2C MS obverse 1811 1/2C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Never a widely used coin before, by 1811 the half cent was deemed a failure. A mere 63,140 pieces were coined that year from two die marriages before production was suspended until 1825.

Both varieties are scarce, with high grade examples being nearly non-existent. Cohen-1 is the scarcer of the two, but most of the price pressure for 1811 is on the date alone, with few collectors seeking both varieties.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/3/2021

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1811 1/2C MS BN
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Base $ 500 850 1680 3350 6250 10500 13000 14750 22000 40000 55000 75000 110000 185000 300000 - - - - -
$ 7000 11000 13500 16250 30000 45000 62000 80000 125000 200000 385000 - - -
1811 1/2C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1000000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 94
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 62

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/21/2021 1811 1/2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base9207133051224---1--------94
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Total9207133051224---1--------94
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1811 1/2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base820113815582165317238174578538755635922705285599886112701257114816183551928520250212502265524128
9261278176025013387407148485446568362997554900110347117041331915996186651960720583217182314625334
000000484854465683629975549001103471170413319159961866519607205832171800
000000511755045802667580579444108091213714068171751897519928209172218700
1811 1/2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8741206164422752257398447695602578361537314886110223116411297315270188872497225954269652863930389
9851352185422752833424650475662590665407830931510696120851373916476209152529926291275232922231908
000000504756625906654078309315106961208513739164762091525299262912752300
000000532457236030692783459769111681252914504176812294425627266282808100
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