Coin Specifications

Category: Early Half Dollars (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,203,644
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $5.60 (8/15/2018)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1811 50C MS obverse 1811 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The half dollar was the U. S. Mint's primary silver denomination at this time, since dollar production had been halted by presidential order in 1804. Bankers preferred half dollars as vault reserves for their greater ease of counting, as compared to the lower denominations. The Mint preferred them, too, as the same value of coin production could be achieved with less work than in coining dimes or quarters. The result of this preferential coining was that half dollars were routinely struck in numbers exceeded one million per year from 1808-14.

The half dollars of this date are known with either a Large 8 or Small 8 in the date. The Large 8 is seen on only two of the ten obverse dies known and is a bit more scarce, bringing a modest premium in higher grades. A like number of reverses were employed. A fair number of unworn coins are known for both varieties, though certified examples are certainly not common. None of the 1811 die marriages are rare, but O-112a and O-113 are scarce enough to bring a premium from specialists. The one standout variety for general collectors is the overdate, which is addressed in the entry following this one.

As with most half dollars from this period, extreme die erosion and deep, multiple die clashings are not unusual. The dies were used until they failed, and this thrift shows on many of the surviving coins.

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Last Updated: 3/12/2015

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1811 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 65.00 85.00 125 205 390 700 825 1150 1950 2100 2200 2600 3850 5750 17250 30000 60000 115000 - -
$ 440 - 940 1250 2150 - 2400 2850 4250 6350 19500 44065 85000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 813
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 68

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, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/13/2018 1811 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base3816341414685385580119126533937171131--813
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------------12-31-----7
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Total3816341414685385580119127553940181131--820
 0 %1 %2 %4 %17 %6 %10 %5 %7 %10 %15 %0 %3 %7 %5 %5 %2 %1 %0 %0 %-- 

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2/11/2007 NGC MS 68   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1431 $72,000.00
6/27/2010 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2878, 2878/Lot# 1924 $690.00
12/29/2013 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/29/2013, 170/Lot# 156273 $423.50
7/11/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5896 $434.75
8/31/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131436/Lot# 23164 $4,230.00
11/2/2014 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10476 $55.00
10/10/2014 PCGS Genuine VF   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15001 $63.00
4/22/2015 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 7787 $481.75
10/29/2017 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131745/Lot# 21210 $228.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1811 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11913916318625838159777496910841239133314211609192830094805592210564162722535139910
12514717021029945365683910071135127013621483171522883607517774691246619298302040
0000006568391007113512701362148317152288360751777469124661929800
0000007159041045118713011391154618212648420655499016143692232400
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1928
Owner: Mark T
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1609
Owner: goldsaint
 
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