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1815/2 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Capped Bust Half Dollars 1807-1839

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

OVERDATE DETAIL

OVERDATE DETAIL

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
6108
Designer:
John Reich
Edge:
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Diameter:
32.50 millimeters
Weight:
13.50 grams
Mintage:
47,150
Metal:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Major Varieties

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

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade

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

2 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

4 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

5 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection

5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 estimated grade
5 MS64 estimated grade
9 MS63 PCGS grade
9 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS65+ PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade

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

#2 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

#4 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

MS64 PCGS grade #5 MS64 PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection

#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 estimated grade
#5 MS64 estimated grade
#9 MS63 PCGS grade
#9 MS63 PCGS grade
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.

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