Coin Specifications

Category: Early Halves (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 301,076
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.70 (9/20/2017)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1807 DRAPED 50C MS obverse 1807 DRAPED 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The mintage figure that appears here and in most catalogs is mostly speculative, as two types of half dollar were coined during 1807, and the Mint made no distinction between these in its reports. Author Steve M. Tompkins has estimated that the Draped Bust Halves of this date comprised the 18 deliveries made from March 2 through September 14. These total 760,076 coins and conform more closely to the relative numbers of surviving Draped Bust versus Capped Bust Half Dollars.

Some 11 die marriages are known today, these resulting from the combining of eight obverses and six reverses. None of these varieties is distinctive enough to merit mention in standard catalogs, and they appeal solely to series specialists seeking completion. The rarest of these varieties is O-115, discovered in 2004 and certified by NGC. It's number follows those of the Capped Bust type solely because Al Overton neglected to allow for additional varieties of this type. Also rather scarce is O-101, but the others are generally available in worn condition.

While there are more than the usual number of Mint State examples for 1807, this issue is often seen poorly struck. Collectors are advised to seek only well struck coins from fairly fresh dies, regardless of certified grade.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/28/2015

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1807 DRAPED 50C MS
Base $ 215 315 465 785 2100 4300 4850 6050 7500 9150 10000 12000 18500 32500 91500 199000 - - - -
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Total Graded: 1187
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66

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1/17/2001 PCGS G 4   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #21014, 21014/Lot# 4197 $110.00
2/20/2005 NGC AU 50   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1190 $1,955.00
8/24/2005 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 2083, 2083/Lot# 1402 $812.00
7/24/2008 NGC VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 268, 274/Lot# 5744 $877.45
12/3/2009 NGC XF 40   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1060 $1,170.00
9/29/2013 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/29/2013, 94/Lot# 140526 $4,544.10
4/2/2015 NGC VF 25   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3528, 6097/Lot# 20252 $528.75
7/9/2015 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(2), 1222/Lot# 3919 $1,997.50
9/9/2016 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(5), 1244/Lot# 15062 $540.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1807 DRAPED 50C MS
1807 DRAPED 50C MS Prooflike
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Grade: XF 45
Points: 1981
Owner: goldsaint
Grade: XF 40
Points: 1483
Owner: gpnyc1
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