Coin Specifications

Category: Draped Bust Half Cents (1800-1808)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 211,530
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1800 C-1 1/2C MS obverse 1800 C-1 1/2C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The humble half cent was the last United States coin to receive Scot's Draped Bust design, the first examples being coined with the 1800 date. As is so often the case with early federal issues, there is no universal agreement on the number coined, other sources putting the mintage at 202,908 pieces.

Just a single die marriage is known for 1800 half cents, and it utilizes a reverse die of the 1795-97 style. A few 1800 half cents are known on mis-struck cents that were cut down to size for recycling purposes. These are rare, and most of this mintage was coined on superior planchets provided by Matthew Boulton & Company in England.

Mint State survivors of variable quality are known from two different hoards, the first surfacing just after the turn of the last century, and the other coming to light in Boston during the 1930s. This latter hoard may have been found as the result of President Roosevelt's 1933 "Bank Holiday," in which all the nation's banks were closed for several days while being inspected by federal auditors to determine their soundness. Many early coins are known to have been revealed as the deepest recesses of old banks were exposed.

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Last Updated: 9/17/2020

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1800 1/2C C-1 MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 90.00 130 225 370 700 1030 1130 1550 2175 2650 3200 3550 4975 6850 22500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 3850 5550 - - - - -
1800 1/2C C-1 MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 3650 6200 17500 47000 - - - - - -
1800 1/2C C-1 MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 10000 29500 - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 240
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/27/2020 1800 1/2C C-1 MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base21213174018201181814-12191851-----228
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Total21213174018201181814-12191851-----228
 1%5%6%7%18%8%9%5%4%8%6%-5%8%8%2%0%----- 
1800 1/2C C-1 MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------2151------9
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Total------------2151------9
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1800 1/2C C-1 MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------111------3
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Total-------------111------3
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1800 1/2C C-1 MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1391632092724778029411066133114831686180821242464286034474694879513163199713068447695
1471782303405858489821154138115501726191322372596305538626061102511543223542363540
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0000001024124214321618176720182350272832514278742811707177012711300
1800 1/2C C-1 MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1592052683395817931205151916961805195620502555273829323135334835723807405443114581
1742262914196519301309157817321855198722182616280229993206342236503889413944010
0000001309157817321855198722182616280229993206342236503889413900
0000001414163717681905201823862677286730673277349737283971422500
1800 1/2C C-1 MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2052372983816421044121313631735194222142375274232153831464357271016515000224593408852393
215257325468776110012631487180420322267249728993420410150047206117761748626335401890
0000001263148718042032226724972899342041015004720611776174862633500
0000001313161118732123232126193057362543725365868513388199723021100
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