1823 50C MS64

CERTIFICATION#: -32342
PCGS#: 6131

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. Bauer (1945) Sold by David Akers Numismatics May '98 Price realized $7150

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1823 Half Dollar is a common date in the Capped Bust series thanks to a rather hefty mintage of nearly 1.7 million coins.  This date is available in a full range of grades and can be found with relative ease.  Variety specialists focus on the date, where three major variants are found: Broken 3, Patched 4, and Ugly 3 (plus the Normal 3).  On these varieties, the 3 of the date appears deformed because of a faulty punch and/or repairs made to it.  In addition to the these major varieties, specialists have identified thirteen different die varieties, as well as some interesting die states.

Circulated examples of the 1823 Half Dollar are very common.  Even Mint State examples are readily available, usually in MS62 and MS63, and less frequently in MS64.  Gem examples are very rare and none are known above MS66.  Virtually all of the top-condition 1823 Half Dollars feature impressive color and eye appeal.

Diameter: 32.50 millimeters Designer: John Reich Edge: Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage: 1,694,200 Weight: 13.50 grams Metal Content: 89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
1
50
2
45
1
10
85
7
45+
335
50+
495
53+
670
55+
900
58+
1,600
60
1,800
4
62+
2,400
63+
3,500
1
65+
21,500
1
66
32,500
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 6,500 R-3.7 63 / 72 67 / 78
60 or Better 300 R-6.4 56 / 72 TIE 60 / 78 TIE
65 or Better 17 R-9.2 48 / 72 52 / 78

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade Dale Friend Collection
1 MS66 estimated 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 $3.00 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33452, $94,000

1 MS66 estimated grade   Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1795 - Heritage 4/2009:2429, $27,600 - Bowers & Merena 8/2009:1344, $21,275 - Heritage 8/2011:7151, $24,150
4 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade