Coin Specifications

Category: Early Half Dollars (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,075,200
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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1828 50C MS obverse 1828 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though the production of half dollars fell from the highs of 1826-27, this is still a rather common date across most grades. Mint State pieces are fairly common, with gems being in limited supply.

Four different date styles were employed, and these were paired with two different sizes of reverse lettering. The result was no fewer than five distinctive combinations of obverse and reverse styles that merit separate line items in popular catalogs. These include a Curled Base 2, with or without a knob on the 2, a Square Base 2, with either Large or Small 8s on obverse and either Large or Small Letters on the reverse. There is little difference in rarity or value among these five configurations, but individual die marriages include some very scarce entries: O-105 and O-123. The total number of dies identified to date are 13 obverses and 19 reverses, with some 23 die marriages between them.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/12/2015

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1828 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 65.00 75.00 85.00 105 210 385 440 625 875 1150 1325 1600 2350 3800 10750 18650 - - - -
$ 235 - 490 675 950 - 1450 1800 2550 4100 13750 20750 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1458
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/13/2018 1828 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base3102425187891641021231652493518765742510----1456
---------------11-----2
----------1--111-2----6
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Total3102425187891641021231652503518866762612----1464
 0 %1 %2 %2 %13 %6 %11 %7 %8 %11 %17 %0 %3 %6 %5 %5 %2 %1 %---- 
1828 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1--1--------2
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Total----------1--1--------2
 ----------50 %--50 %-------- 

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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
1/14/1998 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 1015, 1015/Lot# 1494 $54.50
5/30/2005 NGC MS 63   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 223 $1,840.00
3/3/2008 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 225, 231/Lot# 3106 $184.00
7/8/2010 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2010 July Orlando, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1142, 1142/Lot# 7985 $276.00
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(1), 1151/Lot# 3730 $3,881.25
5/25/2014 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 194773 $1,450.65
6/3/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4006 $111.63
7/21/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 32048 $164.50
2/4/2016 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1232/Lot# 3945 $2,115.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1828 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10212315516318328845659770176485390810661450182126994111536794101460611
109134158170218344503632722794871961119415742114317045306715111421460610
000000503632722794871961119415742114317045306715111421460600
0000005506667438238901013132216972406364049488062128741460600
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 7929
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 7099
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
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