1794 50C XF40

CERTIFICATION#: -24966
PCGS#: 6051

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. O-101 Sold by Bowers & Ruddy Nov '79 Price realized $5800

Expert Comments

Don Willis: Any 1794 half in XF or better is scarce. Most come damaged or in low grade. With only 3 coins in mint state and 3 in AU58 the mystique of this first year issue grows even stronger when you are holding a high grade example in your hands. There are 11 different varieties for the year. The first 7 aren't too difficult to find but the last 4 are either R7 or R8 and nearly impossible to locate. Rumor is that a large hoard of app. 200 exists on the West Coast.

Diameter: 32.50 millimeters Designer: Robert Scot Edge: Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage: 23,464 Weight: 13.48 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
2
1,600
2
50+
90,000
53+
118,000
58
225,000
3
58+
230,000
1
60
250,000
64
450,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,200 R-4.9 5 / 6 5 / 6
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 3 / 6 3 / 6
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 6 1 / 6

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

F.C.C. Boyd Collection - Numismatic Gallery “World’s Greatest Collection” 4/1945:2, $210 - Jimmy Hayes Collection - Stack’s 10/1985:50, $55,000 - Stack’s 10/1989:693 - RARCOA, sold privately in 3/1993 - Douglas L. Noblet Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1999:1, $288,500 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1095, $763,750

2 MS63 estimated grade  

Reed Hawn Collection - Stack’s 8/1973:1 - Queller Family Collection - Stack’s 10/2002:1, $195,500

3 MS62 estimated grade  
4 MS61 PCGS grade Dale Friend Collection
4 MS61 PCGS grade

Stack's "Empire Collection" 11/1957:1264 - John R. Gregg, Jr. Collection - Stack's 1/2004:3303, $132,250 - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:544, $195,500 - Simpson Collection