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: 5/5/2021

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1803 1/2C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 125 175 315 700 960 1500 1800 2250 3000 4750 5000 5175 6000 11750 24500 - - - - -
$ 1100 1600 1875 2375 3250 4800 5050 5250 7250 13500 - - - -
1803 1/2C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 7500 - 16500 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 274
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
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: 5/4/2021 1803 1/2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base441452755181113111312166621-----272
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Total441452755181113111312166621-----272
 1%15%17%10%20%7%4%5%4%5%4%0%2%2%2%1%0%----- 
1803 1/2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1-1------2
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Total-------------1-1------2
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1803 1/2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2372624236421039163917992102232225613038342338824132494952056737711275027907858810981
2453154967741239169219002175240127203166357639654404503457156862724276378134938511530
0000001900217524012720316635763965440450345715686272427637813400
0000002001224824812879329437294048467651196226698773727772836100
1803 1/2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2883175027511193185420292360260028603376379142864556543257077343774281578588931111846
29737858589814131912213924402686303235143956437648485523625274767880830088291015612438
0000002139244026863032351439564376484855236252747678808300882900
0000002249252027733204365241214466514056156797760980188444907000
1803 1/2C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33636957584713312045223325882844312236724114463949245852614278661174217240256923882559433
347437665100815692107235126732936330538194289473452335948671691581357420057300694569462405
0000002351267329363305381942894734523359486716915813574200573006900
00000024692758302934883966446448295542604572911045015407228743444700
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