1805 1/2C Large 5, Stems, BN MS61BN

PCGS#: 1090

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1805 Large 5, Stems Half Cent is the second most common variety of the year, after the 1805 No Stems.

The nomenclature used for 1805 Half Cents can be confusing.  The Small 5 is indeed small but The Large 5 is actually a normal-sized 5 relative to the other digits in the date, while the Small 5 is indeed small.  Perhaps the easiest way to tell them apart is by comparing the distance of the 5 relative to the bust.  On the "Large" 5, the tip of the 5 is close to the bust; on the Small 5, the 5 is well away from the bust.

Only a small number of Mint State 1805 Large 5, Stems Half Cents are known, most with little or no trace of original Mint Red.  Red-Brown examples are exceedingly rare and nonw are known with full Mint Red.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"American Half Cents, Second Edition" by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.

Diameter: 23.50 millimeters Designer: Robert Scot Edge: Plain
Mintage: 814,464 Weight: 5.44 grams Metal Content: Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 400 R-6.2 8 / 18 TIE 8 / 18 TIE
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 2 / 18 2 / 18
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 18 1 / 18

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64BN PCGS grade  
1 MS64BN PCGS grade  
3 MS63BN PCGS grade
3 MS63BN PCGS grade  
5 MS61BN PCGS grade