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1823 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Capped Bust Half Dollars 1807-1839

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

1823 Date Comparison

1823 Date Comparison

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
6131
Designer:
John Reich
Edge:
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Diameter:
32.50 millimeters
Weight:
13.50 grams
Mintage:
1,694,200
Metal:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS 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 - Dr. Charles Link Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade 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

4 MS65+ PCGS grade

Fossil Creek Collection - Stack's/Bowers 4/2016:13071, $10,575

4 MS65+ PCGS grade

Dr. Charles Link Collection

4 MS65+ PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection

7 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2015:4054, $16,450

7 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade

George Bauer, sold privately in 1945 - John Jay Pittman Collection, Part II - David Akers 5/1998:1480 - David Akers, sold privately in 9/1998 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3050, $11,750

7 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS 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 - Dr. Charles Link Collection

MS66 PCGS grade #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

#4 MS65+ PCGS grade

Fossil Creek Collection - Stack's/Bowers 4/2016:13071, $10,575

#4 MS65+ PCGS grade

Dr. Charles Link Collection

#4 MS65+ PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection

MS65 PCGS grade #7 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2015:4054, $16,450

#7 MS65 PCGS grade
#7 MS65 PCGS grade

George Bauer, sold privately in 1945 - John Jay Pittman Collection, Part II - David Akers 5/1998:1480 - David Akers, sold privately in 9/1998 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3050, $11,750

#7 MS65 PCGS grade
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.