Coin Specifications

Category: Early Halves (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,004,180
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.68 (10/19/2017)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1826 50C MS obverse 1826 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This year witnessed the highest mintage of half dollars to date, and Mint State survivors are more plentiful than for previous issues. Gems exist in sufficient numbers to grace many a type set.

As in 1825, none of the many dies used resulted in a popular variety that would warrant a separate line item in coin catalogs. Some 13 obverse dies were paired with 18 reverses, a few of the latter being carryovers from 1825. These were used in various combinations to create 20 known die marriages. It's always possible that additional die marriages were employed, but if so, no examples have been discovered. None of the 1826 varieties are truly rare, but O-103 and O-115 are scarce enough to carry a premium among specialists.

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Last Updated: 3/12/2015

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1826 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 65.00 75.00 88.00 120 220 400 465 650 875 1150 1300 1550 2300 3850 11000 18750 39500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2005
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67


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11/3/2017 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 1 & 3 Eric P. Newman Collection Part IX US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1260/Lot# 15435
11/4/2017 MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1261/Lot# 17119
11/4/2017 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1261/Lot# 19684


Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
6/16/1999 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1175, 1175/Lot# 1489 $207.10
9/6/2004 NGC MS 64   Prooflike Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 786 $4,888.00
8/4/2008 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 271, 277/Lot# 1048 $316.25
5/27/2012 PCGS AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1046 $760.00
9/6/2012 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1174/Lot# 8400 $763.75
10/6/2013 NGC XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/06/2013, 95/Lot# 139842 $249.94
10/10/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15072 $822.50
2/26/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 February 26 - March 1 PNG Dallas Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1218/Lot# 7466 $493.50
6/5/2016 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131624/Lot# 23172 $199.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1826 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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1826 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1021231551631832884565976977588469001066145017992671404853677756133842084432805
109134158170218344503630717787864955119415662090313044886163963215871248310
00000050363071778786495511941566209031304488616396321587100
0000005506647388178821011132216832380358949276960115081835700
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1799
Owner: goldsaint
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1799
Owner: Michael Jones
 
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