Coin Specifications

Category: Early Halves (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,215,567
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.69 (10/19/2017)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1817/4 50C MS obverse 1817/4 50C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

The 1817/4 half dollar was first announced to the numismatic community in the October 1930 issue of The Numismatist, under the 'Editorial Comments-Numismatic News' section. It has remained extremely rare for decades, with only 11 pieces confirmed to exist as of 2017. While the reverse die of this marriage went on to coin the common O-103 variety, the O-102 obverse was withdrawn or failed after just a brief press run. The die crack seen on die state O-102a perhaps proved its undoing.

Unlike the very obvious 1817/3 variety, the underlying numeral 4 of O-102 was nearly erased from the die. This certainly explains why it went so long without detection, even though the collecting of early half dollars was popular by the middle of the 19th Century.

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1817/4 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: VF


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8/11/2010 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 3147 $184,000.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1817/4 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6089796092341162012571137621420614619165331755518851196012410730189385091111111
67128384100291193712968139101434315257168731798719101211032613432962385091111110
0000001434315257168731798719101211032613432962385091111100
0000001448115895172141841919351226052816135735385091111100
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