1811 1/2C, BN VG10BN

CERTIFICATION#: -31552
PCGS#: 1135

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. Moyes (1953) Sold by David Akers Numismatics Oct '97 Price realized $187

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1811 Half Cent is the second rarest date of the Classic Head type as a business strike, exceeded only by the 1831 (some might argue that the 1831 is a Proof-only issue, which would then elevate the 1811 to the top position).  High grade circulated examples are very scarce, especially on problem-free, glossy planchets.  Some 1811 Half Cents show a cud on the left side of the coin, which begins as a "Two-Star Cud" and terminates as a "Four-Star Cud."  Both are rare, but the Two-Star Cud is particularly rare (the best of which is the VF-30 illustrated above).  Mint State 1811 Half Cents are extremely rare; PCGS has certified only two MS62BN's, and two or three uncertified examples are in private collections.  1811 Half Cents with even partial Mint Red are considered extreme rarities.

Diameter: 23.50 millimeters Designer: John Reich Edge: Plain
Mintage: 63,140 Weight: 5.44 grams Metal Content: Copper
45+
7,100
50+
9,900
53+
12,000
58
-
0
58+
25,000
1
62
47,500
2
63
1
65
-
0
65+
300,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 400 R-6.2 4 / 16 4 / 16
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 2 / 16 2 / 16
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 16 1 / 16

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62BN PCGS grade  
1 MS62BN PCGS grade  
3 AU55 PCGS grade   (Cohen 2) ESM Collection
3 AU55 PCGS grade
3 AU55 PCGS grade