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: 11/25/2019

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1804 1/2C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 100.00 115 140 235 450 650 775 875 1225 1530 1540 1950 3500 5500 18000 23500 - - - -
$ - - - - 1490 - - - - - 20000 - - -
1804 1/2C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 3350 5800 13000 32500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1427
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1804 1/2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base12436611226585110567512621234785674061----1411
-----------------1----1
----------2--1-3------6
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Total12436611226585110567512621434786674362----1418
 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%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1804 1/2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1163237366586108815121843207822192412253128853238363964089361628221551333155207682229
551882804397531229162219212125228324522649300333724562739293611137225472395696212786340
0000001622192121252283245226493003337245627392936111372254723956900
0000001733200021722348249127673120350554858377936116461293944582200
1804 1/2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2822923845027791121130315581719187621242285243327943412699287091103616299244265131491502
2853224235948931181138816111771195821772334255330004605756494841279019008333886471096077
0000001388161117711958217723342553300046057564948412790190083338800
00000014731665182320412231238326733206579881361026014544217174235100
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