Coin Specifications

Category: Early Halves (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,943,166
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.58 (9/22/2017)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1825 50C MS obverse 1825 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This was yet another year of large half dollar mintages, requiring 15 obverse dies and 16 reverses. These were used in a total of 18 combinations, of which Overton-118 is extremely rare. The only use of Obverse 15, this die cracked severely, and that most likely accounts for its early retirement. O-109 is very scarce, but all the others range from common to just slightly scarce.

Mint State survivors are plentiful in relation to most earlier dates, and a fair number of gems have been certified.

Slight changes in the bust of Liberty reflect a new obverse master punch, and this appears to have been among the first efforts of William Kneass. Appointed Chief Engraver the year before, succeeding the late Robert Scot, Kneass would go on to modify most denominations over the next several years.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/16/2015

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1825 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 65.00 75.00 90.00 125 235 430 475 665 960 1175 1350 1700 2375 3900 11400 20000 41000 - - -
$ 260 - 525 715 1070 - 1475 1880 2600 4200 14000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1318
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67


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1/9/2006 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL FUN Online Session #395, 395/Lot# 26134 $576.15
3/20/2008 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 231, 237/Lot# 5893 $218.50
6/16/2010 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2873, 2873/Lot# 1561 $195.50
5/29/2011 NGC MS 61   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 800 $1,150.00
6/27/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1420 $822.50
6/29/2014 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 195/Lot# 143972 $126.44
5/31/2015 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131523/Lot# 23453 $235.00
1/4/2017 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(2), 1251/Lot# 4268 $8,225.00
4/4/2017 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1253/Lot# 17699 $1,645.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1825 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111551631832884565976977588469001066145018432671411155639553148502332937006
1521571692183445036307177878649551194158121193151459568931131817676278880
000000503630717787864955119415812119315145956893113181767600
0000005506637378168821010132217122395363150798223130842050200
1825 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111111111111111111
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 9553
Owner: Heartland Collection
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1450
Owner: goldsaint
 
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