Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $36
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.
William F. Dunham Collection - B. Max Mehl 6/1941:700 - Stack's 12/1970:826 - Stack's 5/1975:867 - Stack's March 1982:840 - Reed Hawn Collection - Stack's 10/1993:685 - Chris Napolitano, sold privately - Douglas L. Noblet Collection - Bowers & Merena's Rarities Sale, January 1999:26 - D. Brent Pogue Collection
Kaufman Collection - RARCOA and David W. Akers 8/1991:523 - Heritage, 4/2009:2415, $97,750 - Heritage 8/2012:5143, $182,125
"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
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