Coin Specifications

Category: Draped Bust Half Dollars (1796-1807)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 839,576
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $5.80 (6/16/2019)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1806 50C MS obverse 1806 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1806 was the high watermark for production of Draped Bust Half Dollars. The coining of silver dollars had been suspended during 1804, and depositors of bullion typically wanted the highest denomination available. The Mint, too, favored half dollar production, since it was more cost effective to strike and count the smallest number of coins from a given amount of bullion. There were no fewer than 39 delivery warrants of half dollars process during calendar year 1806, though there's no certainty that these were all 1806-dated coins. The dies were used until they failed, regardless of the date carried, and some of this date may have been struck during 1807.

The half dollars dated 1806 are divided into two major classes by date styles: Knobbed 6 and Pointed 6. The majority of this issue featured the latter numeral style, but both classes are further divided into four overdate die marriages and two inverted date marriages, both of which are covered separately within the entries following this one. Excluding the overdates, there are just four varieties having the Knobbed 6 and 24 with the Pointed 6. Two reverse dies are known on which the stem from the olive branch does not project through the eagle's claw. One is paired with a Knobbed 6 obverse (O-108) and is rare, while the other (O-109) has a Pointed 6 and is among the most common of 1806 half dollars.

The rare varieties for 1806 include O-108, O-122, and O-126 through O-130. There are a number of scarce ones, too, but these appeal primarily to variety specialists. The 1806 half dollar makes for an ideal type coin, as there are several common varieties, and this date typically is better struck than for 1807. Perhaps the most common variety is O-115 and its later die state, O-115a. There are a few dozen Mint State survivors for this date, but gems are extremely rare. Circulated examples are found across all grades, though most fall into the VG-VF range.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1806 50C MS
Base $ 230 380 600 920 1880 3250 4000 4800 6725 8450 8750 11800 20600 35500 99000 230000 - - - -

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Total Graded: 1508
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
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: 6/11/2019 1806 50C MS
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1806 50C MS Prooflike
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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
4/28/1999 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1158, 1158/Lot# 1513 $1,566.00
4/25/2002 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2002 April Columbus, OH (CSNS) Signature Sale #288, 288/Lot# 6556 $1,840.00
5/28/2006 PCGS XF 40   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 2913 $1,437.50
12/13/2007 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 203, 209/Lot# 5621 $4,255.00
2/28/2012 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3246 $3,657.00
2/16/2014 PCGS Genuine VG   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/16/2014, 174/Lot# 169037 $183.70
8/8/2014 NGC VF 20   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 4047 $881.25
9/10/2017 PCGS Genuine F   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131738/Lot# 25079 $264.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1806 50C MS
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 2783
Owner: goldsaint
Grade: XF 45
Points: 1981
Owner: goldsaint
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