Coin Specifications

Category: Draped Bust Half Cents (1800-1808)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 814,464
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1805 1/2C MS obverse 1805 1/2C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

In addition to the mintage figure shown above, an alternative was provided by Walter Breen, who speculated that the net figure for ones actually dated 1805 was just 694,464. The balance of production for this year was supposed by him to include many 1804s.

Four die marriages are known for 1805, these taken from three obverses and three reverses. Oddly enough, each obverse has a different style of numeral 5. The most common is C-1, which combines a Medium 5 obverse with the familiar No Stems reverse used to coin half cents dated 1804 and 1806, as well. C-2 and C-3 both feature a Small 5, with C-2 being genuinely rare. C-4 has a Large 5 and is common, though C-1 remains the marriage most often seen in higher grades.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/5/2021

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1805 1/2C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 100.00 140 210 325 550 700 1100 1300 1650 1800 2100 2500 5500 7000 - - - - - -
$ 580 785 1150 1400 1715 1850 2200 3000 6000 - - - - -
1805 1/2C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - 1950 - - - - 9500 - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 281
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 64

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1805 1/2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base31419346918218102536-41044------279
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Total31419346918218102536-41044------279
 1%5%7%12%25%6%8%3%4%9%13%-1%4%1%1%------ 
1805 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 1805 1/2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1163209248366575754908107511751314139817072124247029903852727110857164372520539109
55178222287436635805964110812211342150118462239264332774992846612717193602984041064
0000008059641108122113421501184622392643327749928466127171936000
00000085710191142126813701604198523552817356561319662145772228200
1805 1/2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2822923845027791121130315581719187621242285243327943412699287091103616299244265131491502
2853224235948931181138816111771195821772334255330004605756494841279019008333886471096077
0000001388161117711958217723342553300046057564948412790190083338800
00000014731665182320412231238326733206579881361026014544217174235100
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