Coin Specifications

Category: Early Halves (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,305,797
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.57 (10/23/2017)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1821 50C MS obverse 1821 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Though the half dollars of 1817-20 are notable for overdated dies, the more modest production during 1820 evidently resulted in no leftover dies. Thus, there are no overdate varieties for 1821

This issue is available across a broad range of grades, with a fairly large number of Mint State coins certified. A number of these are gems, which is a most unusual situation for early United States coins.

There are no popularly collected varieties for this date, which is represented by a single line entry in most catalogs. The seven known die marriages resulted from the combining of six obverse dies and seven reverses. O-107 is slightly scarce but of interest solely to series specialists.

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Last Updated: 7/10/2017

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1821 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 75.00 90.00 105 135 275 565 725 940 1450 1600 1700 2400 3850 5500 17250 27000 - - - -
$ 310 - 800 1100 1550 - 1900 2650 4250 6500 19000 29000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 707
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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7/17/1996 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 0859, 859/Lot# 1448 $65.40
2/24/2003 PCGS MS 60   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 526 $977.50
10/18/2012 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 8846 $223.25
8/30/2013 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3127 $2,056.25
10/6/2013 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 772, 781/Lot# 606 $2,655.00
10/27/2013 PCGS VF 25   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/27/2013, 98/Lot# 111330 $138.70
11/3/2013 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/03/2013, 99/Lot# 138523 $157.30
10/2/2016 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131641/Lot# 24086 $399.50
7/6/2017 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2017 July 6 - 9 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(4), 1257/Lot# 7449 $493.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1821 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333368010731217130614281506168319592368308050491801034179111
3333322881111211246134614541565177520952605373693692339934179110
00000081111211246134614541565177520952605373693692339934179100
000000942116912761387148016241867223128424392136892878934179100
1821 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base102123155167201288688974111412001319139315581843212428604694592210780166182591040817
109134159178230421783102111431240134414481653193723693471510375411272619715308790
00000078310211143124013441448165319372369347151037541127261971500
00000087910671171127913681503174820302615408355139161146722281300
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 4694
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1200
Owner: Mark T
 
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