1815/2 50C AU50

CERTIFICATION#: -32329
PCGS#: 6108

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. Bluestone Sale (1947) Sold by David Akers Numismatics May '98 Price realized $3300

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: Quiet times prevailed at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia in 1815, where only Quarter Dollars, Half Dollars, and Half Eagles were made that year.  Mintages dropped precipitously on all three denominations, but especially on the Half Eagle.  The Mint produced only 47,150 Half Dollars in 1815, a far cry from the million-plus mintages of previous and subsequent years.  This makes the 1815 Half Dollar a standout among the Capped Bust Half Dollars - a rarity that is desired in all grades.

What makes the 1815 Half Dollar even more interesting is that all are overdates, with the 5 of the date punched over a 2.  Though only a portion of the underlying 2 is visible, it can be seen even on worn examples.

The PCGS Condition Census consists entirely of Mint State 1815 Half Dollars, starting at MS63 and going up to a single PCGS MS65.  Because of the extreme value of pieces in high grade, most collectors are content with circulated example, which can be found with relative ease.

Diameter: 32.50 millimeters Designer: John Reich Edge: Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage: 47,150 Weight: 13.50 grams Metal Content: 89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
4
1,200
6
1,500
8
2,000
3
45+
10,250
50+
12,500
53+
15,000
55+
20,000
58+
28,500
60
30,000
62+
34,500
63+
42,500
64+
115,000
1
65
150,000
1
65+
175,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 800 R-5.4 20 / 72 TIE 21 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 12 R-9.5 6 / 72 TIE 7 / 78 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 72 TIE 1 / 78 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 estimated grade  

Kaufman Collection - RARCOA and David W. Akers 8/1991:523 - Heritage, 4/2009:2415, $97,750 - Heritage 8/2012:5143, $182,125

3 MS64+ PCGS grade

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green - Green Estate - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $50.00 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33446, $117,500

4 MS64 PCGS grade Dale Friend Collection
4 MS64 PCGS grade