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: 4/24/2020

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1805 1/2C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 115 130 170 295 485 700 715 810 1060 1405 1855 2250 3450 5625 36500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 4900 - - - - -
1805 1/2C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3375 6250 36500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 269
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 64

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/2/2020 1805 1/2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base31419326717217102631-4844------267
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Total31419326717217102631-4844------267
 1%5%7%12%25%6%8%3%4%10%12%-1%3%1%1%------ 
1805 1/2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------1----1-------2
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Total---------1----1-------2
 ---------50%----50%------- 

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