Coin Specifications

Category: Early Half Dollars (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 751,122
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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1820 50C MS obverse 1820 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The six obverse dies and seven reverses for 1820 were mixed to create some eight die marriages. Two of these are overdated 1820/19, and these are treated in the entry which follows.

Several different numeral punches were used for the obverse dies of this year, making for an interesting collection in their own right. Variety O-104 is slightly scarce, but without any appealing fatures it is of little general interest. More attention has been focused on the scarcer O-107, which is distinguished by letters E that are lacking serifs on their left sides from a defective punch. The premium attached has more to do with the overall rarity of this die marriage than the appeal of the missing serifs.

The more common varieties of 1820 half dollars carry no premium below Mint State, such coins being fairly scarce as compared to the several dates preceding. The reason for a significantly lower mintage in 1820 is unknown.

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Last Updated: 3/12/2015

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1820 50C MS
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Base $ 75.00 100.00 120 180 450 950 1100 1600 2500 2750 3000 4400 6100 8400 30000 65000 - - - -
$ 500 - 1200 1750 2600 - 3300 4800 7000 10575 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 393
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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: 8/13/2018 1820 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-5610753953252641632141015-42----390
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Total-5610753953252641642141015-52----392
 -1 %2 %3 %19 %10 %14 %6 %7 %10 %16 %1 %4 %3 %4 %-1 %1 %---- 
1820 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------2-----1-----3
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Total----------2-----1-----3
 ----------67 %-----33 %----- 

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2/20/2005 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1202 $1,150.00
8/14/2011 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/14/2011, 131/Lot# 11499 $110.00
1/22/2012 NGC F 15   Teletrade Auction 3211, 3211/Lot# 1557 $207.00
2/2/2012 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1167/Lot# 3602 $1,610.00
12/2/2012 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131250/Lot# 28859 $94.00
8/19/2013 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3444, 3444/Lot# 1433 $793.13
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 4424 $5,581.25
11/2/2014 PCGS VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10479 $275.00
3/27/2015 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 5514 $1,292.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1820 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1191391591902725758029901175128614381531170720092401334550826248114391744011
12614616921737365186510521212133714691590180821402716392454717978134391744010
00000086510521212133714691590180821402716392454717978134391744000
00000092711131249138715001648190822703030450358599709154401744000
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2401
Owner: goldsaint
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1438
Owner: MBA101
 
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