Coin Specifications

Category: Early US Type Performance
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,694,200
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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1823 50C MS obverse 1823 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The half dollars of 1823 form an interesting collection all their own. Difficulty in creating and maintaining a suitable numeral 3 punch resulted in several line entries within popular catalogs. Overall, this date is fairly available in Mint State grades, with a small number of gem pieces for the most advanced collectors.

Overton-101 is known as the Broken 3 variety, as the upper and lower arcs of the 3 appear to be partially separated. An engraver's crude reinforcement of the connecting point resulted in O-101a, called the Patched 3. Though most 1823 halves could be described as having awkward 3s, the only one designated as the Ugly 3 is O-110a. The junction of the upper and lower arcs either filled in through chipping of the die or was deliberately filled by an engraver. None of these varieties is rare, but they are included in some coin albums and remain quite popular.

The only rare varieties for the date are O-109 and the very rare O-113. Their features are not particularly distinctive, but for those seeking completion by die marriages they will command strong premiums.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/15/2019

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1823 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 68.00 88.00 108 135 269 552 637 819 1070 1380 1490 2040 2930 5000 16300 25700 41000 - - -
$ 280 - 690 825 1175 - 1550 2150 3100 6750 19000 26500 44000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1106
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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/18/2019 1823 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2113238198811156664101179338665440812---1099
---------------1-1----2
---------11----11-----4
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Total2113238198811156664102180338665442922---1105
 0 %1 %3 %3 %18 %7 %10 %6 %6 %9 %16 %0 %3 %6 %5 %4 %1 %0 %0 %--- 
1823 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1411----7
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Total--------------1411----7
 --------------14 %57 %14 %14 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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4/1/1998 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1037, 1037/Lot# 1480 $272.50
10/23/2008 NGC VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2008 October Dallas, TX Signature US Coin Auction #1117, 1117/Lot# 7744 $115.00
12/9/2012 NGC Details F Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/09/2012, 52/Lot# 89087 $57.56
9/22/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 746 $345.00
11/2/2014 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10480 $525.00
12/19/2014 PCGS VF 35   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3513, 6082/Lot# 22130 $135.13
10/31/2016 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1241/Lot# 7446 $646.25
2/13/2018 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131808/Lot# 25312 $228.00
12/13/2018 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2018 December 13-14 US Coins Signature Auction Session(4), 1282/Lot# 7562 $576.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1823 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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1823 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base179248285320487680882111013091369170718341961228127703533598669038494137612132433407
202260297376551747958117613291482174918762068244430244351629274331025016282253520
00000095811761329148217491876206824443024435162927433102501628200
000000103412431349159417921919217426073279516865977964120051880300
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 8494
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 5117
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
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