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: 9/4/2019

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1811 1/2C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 600 1230 1700 2500 5500 10600 12500 15000 24200 - 54500 75000 105000 - - - - - - -
$ 6100 - - - 33500 - - - - - 385000 - - -
1811 1/2C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 21200 54500 - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 89
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 61

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1811 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base9187132951213--1---------89
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Total9187132951213--1---------89
 10 %20 %8 %15 %33 %6 %1 %2 %1 %3 %--1 %--------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/1/2007 PCGS VF 25   Brown Teletrade Auction 2347, 2347/Lot# 1022 $2,300.00
3/24/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Heritage Auctions "2010 March Fort Worth, TX Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(5)", 1138/Lot# 7050 $117.30
12/22/2013 NGC Details VG Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 158927 $220.00
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 66   Red Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 102 $1,121,250.00
3/23/2014 NGC G 6   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 796, 805/Lot# 702 $550.00
8/11/2015 PCGS   Brown Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 79 $1,803.63
1/4/2017 PCGS VG 8   Brown Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(7), 1251/Lot# 8087 $564.00
12/24/2017 PCGS Genuine F   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131801/Lot# 21238 $360.00
3/6/2019 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131911/Lot# 23037 $960.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1811 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4615195861110173029603238348636463747389239844290469451586820108261482620672293314231862034
480541760131621403052332035393679379539224086442448485712815512159167742355833660488900
00000033203539367937953922408644244848571281551215916774235583366000
00000034033592371338433953418845595003626694901349218723264443798900
1811 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5125776481209186831653457371738853991414242394559498154667198231851549521527304373174232914
5336008351428230032623543377339204041417443454699514260431252723185175052449730872321320
000000354337733920404141744345469951426043125272318517505244973087200
000000363038293955409142064452484053046620178562318519516274673130700
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