Coin Specifications

Category: Early US Type Performance
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,215,567
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.17 (2/19/2019)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1817 50C MS obverse 1817 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Normal coinage resumed in 1817, once the Philadelphia Mint's rolling mills were rebuilt following a catastrophic fire in January of the previous year. This was yet another million+ mintage of half dollars that required eleven known obverse dies and ten reverses. These were combined in various marriages to produce the 13 Overton varieties sought by specialists. Two of these are overdates, and they are described in the entries that follow.

The only rare non-overdate marriages are O-104 and O-106a. The former is strictly for series specialists, but the late die state of O-106 is the popular "single-leaf" variety, O-106a. Overpolishing of the die to remove clash marks or erosion lines diminished the upper leaves, with just one remaining visible.

1817 half dollars of common varieties have survived in Mint State to the extent that they are collectable. Far more common, however, are almost-made-it pieces grading AU 58.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/15/2019

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1817 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 79.60 95.70 142 190 370 718 902 1290 1750 2070 2390 3000 4070 7250 16600 32100 42000 - - -
$ 410 - 950 1350 1800 - 2450 3150 4250 7400 17650 33000 45000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 671
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/18/2019 1817 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base3172839152527640474888-20182315311---671
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Total3172839152527640474889-20182317411---675
 0 %3 %4 %6 %23 %8 %11 %6 %7 %7 %13 %-3 %3 %3 %3 %1 %0 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
7/20/2004 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2004 July New York, NY Signature Sale #320, 320/Lot# 6463 $690.00
9/18/2006 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2261, 2261/Lot# 1379 $313.60
8/7/2010 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 527 $3,220.00
5/29/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 793 $5,462.50
7/10/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/10/2011, 125/Lot# 11472 $143.00
3/21/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1198/Lot# 10345 $646.25
9/7/2014 PCGS VG 10   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 820, 829/Lot# 631 $110.00
3/20/2018 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131813/Lot# 27684 $444.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1817 50C MS Prooflike
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1817 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1115917120542363180210101131129413931583188621973639486560898428156192411437649
15316318227749268887110501185132714561684198926774047527368681082518450286250
0000006888711050118513271456168419892677404752736868108251845000
0000007459401090123913601519178520933158445656817648132222128200
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 4865
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1886
Owner: Mark T
 
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