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: $6.73 (9/20/2017)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1805 50C MS obverse 1805 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The coinage of 1805-dated half dollars was very extensive, making this one of three dates most commonly sought by type collectors. Of the seven obverse dies known for this issue, two were originally dated 1804 but seemingly not used before being altered (these overdates are treated in a separate entry that follows). The remaining five were paired with eight reverses for a total of 11 die marriages. Overton-114 is extremely rare, with just three pieces known, while the others are available to interested specialists.

There were 20 deliveries of half dollars from the coiner to the treasurer during calendar year 1805, these ranging from February 4 to December 31. It's not known how these break down by die marriages, and the coins must speak for themselves with regard to their relative rarities. 1805 half dollars are found over a wide range of grades, though Mint State survivors are rare.




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1805 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 235 355 535 875 2275 5250 5650 7500 10000 13750 15500 26000 43000 - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 55000 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 425
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 63


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9/15/2003 NGC AU 53   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 414 $2,473.00
3/3/2008 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 225, 231/Lot# 3084 $2,160.85
7/31/2011 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131132/Lot# 26820 $2,530.00
12/13/2012 PCGS AU 58   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20086/Lot# 1098 $19,890.00
1/1/2013 NGC Details VG Details  Teletrade Auction 3409, 3409/Lot# 1017 $225.00
1/9/2013 NGC VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1181/Lot# 10362 $734.38
2/7/2013 NGC VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1182/Lot# 3466 $1,410.00
8/31/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 202445 $2,400.00
7/17/2015 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 4358 $1,057.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1805 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base336395423563764148320012401283430803406360142904935574711492174582685441786111
3564044706301004165621342545291631893471383145055206766213481205903183141786110
00000021342545291631893471383145055206766213481205903183141786100
00000022682690299832973536406047205476957715469237223680941786100
1805 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base336395423563764148320012401283430803406360142904935574711492174582685441786111
3564044706301004165621342545291631893471383145055206766213481205903183141786110
00000021342545291631893471383145055206766213481205903183141786100
00000022682690299832973536406047205476957715469237223680941786100
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Grade: AU 50
Points: 2401
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 1483
Owner: goldsaint
 
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