Coin Specifications

Category: Early Halves (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 211,722
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.75 (5/30/2017)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1805/4 50C MS obverse 1805/4 50C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

Two obverse dies were prepared for 1804, yet no half dollars of that date are known. It's presumed that the 188,234 halves delivered to the treasurer in that calendar year were all from dies dated 1803. The U. S. Mint could not afford to waste such dies, and it may have been that the coiner wanted to use up the serviceable 1803-dated dies first. The 1804-dated obverses were held over and subsequently overdated with a numeral 5 for use during 1805.

Obverse 1 was paired with two reverse dies for O-101, -102. An entirely different pair of dies produced the O-103 marriage. Obverse 2 deteriorated through three cataloged die states, the final one (O-103c) having a massive break from 7-8 o'clock that extended from the edge into Liberty's hair. It appears that the die-sinker made little or no effort to cover up traces of the underlying numeral 4 on either obverse, and these varieties are quite appealing for their obviousness.

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Last Updated: 5/28/2015

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1805/4 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 375 535 1050 1700 4100 7450 9350 13000 21000 30000 - 65000 - - 150000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 117
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 65


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2/14/2000 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1271, 1271/Lot# 1445 $1,944.00
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1/4/2017 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(7), 1251/Lot# 9571 $998.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1805/4 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base35142362094911521799243329104684544763336820796095881104711970129373044346042705331093421
3754897301017136820102592350149385742649572008503100741135512292187723564354206834691093420
00000025923501493857426495720085031007411355122921877235643542068346900
00000027514093519360386658758090451056111662126152460840842623699640600
1805/4 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base35142362094911521799243329104684544763336820796095881104711970129373044346042705331093421
3754897301017136820102592350149385742649572008503100741135512292187723564354206834691093420
00000025923501493857426495720085031007411355122921877235643542068346900
00000027514093519360386658758090451056111662126152460840842623699640600
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Grade: VF 25
Points: 1152
Owner: goldsaint
 
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