Coin Specifications

Category: Draped Bust Half Cents (1800-1808)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 97,900
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1803 1/2C MS obverse 1803 1/2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Typical of early federal coinage, the number of half cents coined with the date 1803 is uncertain. Different sources give figures of 97,900 or 92,000, while scholar Walter Breen speculated that supplemental production during 1804 may have brought the total as high as 381,900.

This date is relatively common in circulated grades, while truly Mint State pieces are quite scarce. Cohen-2 is the scarcest of four die marriages for this date, while the common C-3 has some added popularity as the Widely Spaced 3 variety in which numeral 3 is distant from the zero. C-1 is among the more often seen varieties.

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Last Updated: 2/8/2017

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1803 1/2C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 85.00 155 180 400 925 1600 1950 2400 3100 4100 4950 5400 8000 10350 22000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 12000 - - - -
1803 1/2C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 390000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 232
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 65


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1/24/2012 NGC AU 50   Brown Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 8012 $1,265.00
3/11/2012 NGC VG 10   Brown Teletrade Auction 3239, 3239/Lot# 1012 $184.00
10/18/2012 NGC AU 53   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1175/Lot# 3065 $1,410.00
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1/26/2014 PCGS MS 66   Red Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 57 $287,500.00
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8/12/2015 PCGS VF 35   Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1223/Lot# 7034 $646.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1803 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2372624236421039163917992102232225613038342338824132494952056737711275027907858810981
245315496774123916921900217524012720316635763965440450345715686272427637813493850
0000001900217524012720316635763965440450345715686272427637813400
0000002001224824812879329437294048467651196226698773727772836100
1803 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2883175027511193185420292360260028603376379142864556543257077343774281578588931111846
2973785858981413191221392440268630323514395643764848552362527476788083008829101560
0000002139244026863032351439564376484855236252747678808300882900
0000002249252027733204365241214466514056156797760980188444907000
1803 1/2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33636957584713312045223325882844312236724114463949245852614278661174217240256923882559433
34743766510081569210723512673293633053819428947345233594867169158135742005730069456940
0000002351267329363305381942894734523359486716915813574200573006900
00000024692758302934883966446448295542604572911045015407228743444700
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