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: 5/1/2020

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1811 1/2C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 470 840 1555 2650 4025 10500 11550 13050 21800 - 54500 75000 112500 - - - - - - -
$ 6100 - - - 33500 - - - - - 385000 - - -
1811 1/2C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 182500 242500 425000 1090000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 91
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: 8/4/2020 1811 1/2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base9187132951224--1---------91
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Total9187132951224--1---------91
 10%20%8%14%32%5%1%2%2%4%--1%--------- 

NGC Registry

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