Coin Specifications

Category: Early Half Dollars (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,039,075
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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1814 50C MS obverse 1814 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1814 half dollar was another in a string of dates to enjoy million+ mintages. The certified population of Mint State coins is higher than for most previous dates in the series, and there are enough gems to satisfy the more advanced collectors. Buyers, however, should try to avoid the many examples which were coined from extremely clashed and/or worn dies.

There are nine die marriages known for 1814, these resulting from combinations of eight obverse dies and nine reverses. O-106 is the only rarity, but it of interest solely to specialists. More popular are the O-101 overdate (treated in a following entry) and O-108, the "E over A" variety. While punching the word STATES into the die, the engraver lost his place and punched a letter A where the E should be. The error was caught before the die went into service and then crudely corrected. No attempt was made to hide the underlying A, which remained clearly readable.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/12/2015

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1814 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 70.00 90.00 130 210 475 750 950 1050 1800 2000 2150 3250 4000 5600 15000 26000 43000 70000 - -
$ 530 - 1000 1150 1950 - 2350 3500 4350 7500 16500 29000 46500 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 692
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 67

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 1814 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base171430148469542285193-232929281972---692
----------2--------1--3
--------------1-1-----2
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Total171430148469542285195-2329302820721--697
 0 %1 %2 %4 %21 %7 %14 %6 %4 %7 %14 %-3 %4 %4 %4 %3 %1 %0 %0 %-- 

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11/17/2003 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Bullet Sale #335, 335/Lot# 1049 $603.75
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1199 $2,300.00
7/25/2005 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #47, 52/Lot# 496 $575.00
1/1/2012 NGC G 6   Teletrade Auction 3199, 3199/Lot# 1500 $97.75
11/3/2013 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/03/2013, 99/Lot# 146860 $232.10
10/10/2014 NGC VF 20   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15015 $158.63
1/25/2015 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131505/Lot# 21383 $517.00
2/26/2015 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2015 February 26 - March 1 PNG Dallas Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1218/Lot# 7404 $493.50
1/22/2017 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131705/Lot# 29258 $517.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1814 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12714717518324447174796611271225135814421589198524173317394861538445146112230334460
133156177203319563820101911591269138614911721212927173527468369171050017175263550
00000082010191159126913861491172121292717352746836917105001717500
00000089310731192131314141540185322733017373754187681125551973900
1814 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11513515916722343769990810621155128413631505188623023172378359228153141722170233630
12114316118529452476895910931198131014101632202425923375449666651015916682256780
0000007689591093119813101410163220242592337544966665101591668200
00000083810101124124113361457175921632882357952097409121651919200
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 16682
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2302
Owner: ddr70
 
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