Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head Half Cents (1809-1836)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 63,140
Catalog: KM-41
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.44g
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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1811 1/2C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 500 975 1750 2500 5950 9250 12750 17000 22500 - - - 110000 - - - - - - -
$ - - - - 33000 - - - - - 400000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 73
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 55


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4/6/2006 PCGS XF 40   Brown Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction #402, 402/Lot# 29 $4,025.00
3/3/2008 NGC VF 30   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 225, 231/Lot# 3016 $2,531.15
6/29/2009 PCGS AG 3   Brown Teletrade Auction 2712, 2712/Lot# 1002 $345.00
1/30/2011 PCGS XF 40   Brown Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 739 $3,910.00
2/22/2013 PCGS G 4   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6447 $513.48
4/28/2013 NGC Details VG Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/28/2013, 72/Lot# 112455 $269.50
2/3/2014 PCGS Genuine XF   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1202/Lot# 3014 $2,232.50
7/11/2014 NGC AG 3   Brown Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5042 $193.88


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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