Coin Specifications

Category: Early Halves (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,368,600
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.58 (9/21/2017)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1808 50C MS obverse 1808 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of 1808 half dollars was quite high, and this issue is common in circulated grades. Mint State examples are scarce but not rare. The Philadelphia Mint was rather careless in using dies that were extremely eroded, and many half dollars of the 1808-14 period reveal blurry or missing details. Peripheral features may be drawn to the border, while the denticles may be missing altogether from heavy die erosion.

The ten die marriages known resulted from the use of ten obverses and nine reverses. There are no truly rare varieties for this date, but O-102 and O-110 are scarce. The most popular variety is O-101, a very obvious 1808/7 overdate that is addressed separately in the entry that follows this one.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/12/2015

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1808 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 75.00 88.00 135 275 465 875 1100 1800 2200 2450 2800 3550 4950 9000 19500 30500 52500 - - -
$ 525 - 1250 2000 2500 - 3200 3850 5500 10750 21500 42875 65000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 614
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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9/6/2009 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2678 $460.00
9/21/2009 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7613 $460.00
8/7/2010 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 523 $1,215.55
8/11/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions "2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction Session(6)", 1143/Lot# 9328 $359.95
9/27/2010 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 2932, 2932/Lot# 1518 $184.00
1/5/2011 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1151/Lot# 10617 $862.50
12/8/2013 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/08/2013, 104/Lot# 156059 $172.70
10/3/2014 NGC VG 10   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3502, 6056/Lot# 22067 $82.25
1/25/2015 PCGS F 15   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131505/Lot# 22276 $152.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1808 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base131139163179258575777949124214061624175318862124240133864888608911710179352779643552
134147168205364642834104712971479166717971965221627293887528879631378521222330480
00000083410471297147916671797196522162729388752887963137852122200
00000089211441351155117101842204523093058438756899836158602450900
1808 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111111111111111111
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 7963
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 1242
Owner: goldsaint
 
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