Coin Specifications

Category: Draped Bust Half Cents (1800-1808)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,007,000
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1808 1/2C MS obverse 1808 1/2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

A total of 400,000 half cents was coined in 1808, and it's likely that most of these bore that date, though a few may have been coined with 1807-dated dies. Two obverse dies and two reverse dies were combined in three marriages. Of these marriages, two are overdates and are described within the entry for that variety.

The normal date C-3 is by far the most common variety for 1808, but it has its own unique charm. It began its existence dated just 180, a common practice when the production of coins was sporadic and the engravers never knew in which year the die would be used. When it came time to complete this die, no 8 punch was available, and the engraver improvised by forming an 8 from two, stacked zeros normally reserved for the denominator of the value fraction!

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1808 1/2C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 75.00 100.00 145 260 585 1125 1425 2150 2450 3100 3700 5900 10250 - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 95000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 153
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 63


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9/6/2004 NGC XF 45   Brown Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 73 $322.00
9/21/2011 NGC VF 25   Brown Teletrade Auction 3142, 3142/Lot# 1001 $264.50
5/30/2012 PCGS AU 55   Brown Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2037 $1,955.00
9/9/2012 NGC F 12   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131238/Lot# 22598 $141.00
4/24/2013 NGC XF 40   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 7050 $499.38
11/17/2013 PCGS F 12   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 778, 787/Lot# 1 $200.00
4/13/2014 PCGS Genuine F   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131416/Lot# 20430 $66.00
6/29/2014 NGC Details F Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 103878 $176.00
1/7/2015 NGC VF 30   Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(9), 1216/Lot# 12443 $376.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1808 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1391632092553666639361159136714901659176219692197250132384172792011818178792739942488
1471782242924657541010122814081546169318312045229827463549542192191383821052324280
000000101012281408154616931831204522982746354954219219138382105200
0000001084129714491602172719002121239929923860667010518158582422500
1808 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17520125530843777410791326155616911876198922152464279435924598860212732191172909344825
1832192723515498751161140216011752191320642298257430603927593299781486022442343370
000000116114021601175219132064229825743060392759329978148602244200
0000001243147916461814195121392381268433264262726711355169882576700
1808 1/2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20523729836050287412081475172418702069219024332699305239024970919013516201753053346805
21525731840762698512971558177219362109227125212816333542586376106321573523627359570
0000001297155817721936210922712521281633354258637610632157352362700
0000001386164118212002214923522610293436184614778312074179552708000
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