Coin Specifications

Category: Draped Bust Half Cents (1800-1808)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,055,312
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1804 1/2C MS obverse 1804 1/2C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

As a date the 1804 half cent is very common, with even a fair number of Mint State examples available to collectors. It also has the greatest number of die marriages of the Draped Bust Half Cent series, some 13 in all. These are divided among three major varieties: Crosslet 4 in date, Crosslet 4 with Spiked Chin and Plain 4. These are further divided by the fact that the wreath stems were omitted from a single, but very prolific, reverse die. The only rare marriages are Crosslet 4 varieties C-2 and C-4, both of which have the usual stems on the wreath.

Once again the number of half cents coined bearing the date 1804 depends upon which source is cited. In contrast to the 1,055,312 figure given above, Walter Breen arrived at a net mintage of 771,312+ after deducting what he believed were half cents coined during 1804 but dated 1803. The overall commonness of this date, however, lends support to the higher total.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/24/2020

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1804 1/2C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 115 130 150 235 485 715 775 875 1150 1530 1540 1950 3500 5500 18000 23500 - - - -
$ - - - - 1490 - - - - - 20000 - - -
1804 1/2C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 3350 4925 13000 32500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1395
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

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, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/2/2020 1804 1/2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base12396310726384105557112421124682674161----1379
-----------------1----1
----------2--1-3------6
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Total12396310726384105557112421324683674462----1386
 1%3%5%8%19%6%8%4%5%9%15%0%3%6%5%3%0%0%---- 
1804 1/2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------2293-----16
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----------------1-----1
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Total-------------2294-----17
 -------------12%12%53%24%----- 

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