Coin Specifications

Category: Early US Type Performance
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,305,797
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.19 (2/19/2019)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1821 50C MS obverse 1821 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though the half dollars of 1817-20 are notable for overdated dies, the more modest production during 1820 evidently resulted in no leftover dies. Thus, there are no overdate varieties for 1821

This issue is available across a broad range of grades, with a fairly large number of Mint State coins certified. A number of these are gems, which is a most unusual situation for early United States coins.

There are no popularly collected varieties for this date, which is represented by a single line entry in most catalogs. The seven known die marriages resulted from the combining of six obverse dies and seven reverses. O-107 is slightly scarce but of interest solely to series specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/31/2018

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1821 50C MS
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Base $ 75.00 90.00 105 135 275 565 725 1000 1700 1850 1900 2400 3850 5500 17250 27000 - - - -
$ 310 - 800 1200 1750 - 1975 2650 4250 6500 19000 29000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 729
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: 2/18/2019 1821 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1918341124989515585106119251824135----723
-----1---------1------2
----------1--1-3------5
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Total-1918341125089515585107119261828135----730
 -3 %2 %5 %15 %7 %12 %7 %8 %12 %15 %0 %3 %4 %2 %4 %2 %1 %---- 
1821 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1113------6
--------------1-------1
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Total------------1123------7
 ------------14 %14 %29 %43 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/27/2002 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2002 July New York, NY Signature Sale #296, 296/Lot# 8088 $603.75
2/3/2011 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 555, 562/Lot# 7210 $1,495.00
5/15/2011 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3066, 3066/Lot# 1611 $1,150.00
5/27/2012 NGC MS 65   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 1211 $8,338.00
10/17/2012 NGC VF 35   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24659 $188.00
11/4/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/04/2012, 47/Lot# 82869 $148.50
2/22/2013 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7146 $163.33
10/28/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98632 $3,760.00
6/8/2017 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1256/Lot# 4078 $1,527.50
3/20/2018 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131813/Lot# 27742 $264.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1821 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333368010731217130614281506168319592368308050491801034179111
3333322881111211246134614541565177520952605373693692339934179110
00000081111211246134614541565177520952605373693692339934179100
000000942116912761387148016241867223128424392136892878934179100
1821 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base102123155167201288688974111412001319139315581843212428604694592210780166182591040817
109134159178230421783102111431240134414481653193723693471510375411272619715308790
00000078310211143124013441448165319372369347151037541127261971500
00000087910671171127913681503174820302615408355139161146722281300
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 4694
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1200
Owner: Mark T
 
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