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 50C MS obverse 1817 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Normal coinage resumed in 1817, once the Philadelphia Mint's rolling mills were rebuilt following a catastrophic fire in January of the previous year. This was yet another million+ mintage of half dollars that required eleven known obverse dies and ten reverses. These were combined in various marriages to produce the 13 Overton varieties sought by specialists. Two of these are overdates, and they are described in the entries that follow.

The only rare non-overdate marriages are O-104 and O-106a. The former is strictly for series specialists, but the late die state of O-106 is the popular "single-leaf" variety, O-106a. Overpolishing of the die to remove clash marks or erosion lines diminished the upper leaves, with just one remaining visible.

1817 half dollars of common varieties have survived in Mint State to the extent that they are collectable. Far more common, however, are almost-made-it pieces grading AU 58.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/10/2017

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1817 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 75.00 90.00 135 190 370 675 850 1225 1650 1950 2250 2850 3850 6800 15850 30550 42000 - - -
$ 410 - 950 1350 1800 - 2450 3150 4250 7400 17650 33000 45000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 642
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/20/2005 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1200 $2,530.00
8/10/2005 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2077, 2077/Lot# 1711 $728.00
11/12/2007 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 194, 200/Lot# 750 $805.00
1/8/2012 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131203/Lot# 22318 $126.50
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24658 $83.43
10/28/2012 PCGS Genuine VF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131245/Lot# 26892 $164.50
7/6/2014 NGC Details F Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 202455 $200.00
2/26/2015 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 February 26 - March 1 PNG Dallas Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1218/Lot# 3745 $1,292.50
1/29/2017 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131706/Lot# 21162 $376.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1817 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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1817 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1115917120542363180210101131129413931583188621973639486560898428156192411437649
15316318227749268887110501185132714561684198926774047527368681082518450286250
0000006888711050118513271456168419892677404752736868108251845000
0000007459401090123913601519178520933158445656817648132222128200
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 4865
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1886
Owner: Mark T
 
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