1807 50C Large Stars 50/20 AU55 Certification #10839522, PCGS #6086

Owner's Comments

O-112, Rarity 1. CAC Approved. From Heritage's 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, Lot 1934. Golden-brown and ocean-blue adorn the reverse margin, while the obverse is comprehensively toned in gunmetal-blue and cream-gray. A slender strike-through (as made) reaches the S in PLURIBUS, but actual marks are minor and hard to locate.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

This is one of the great "oops" varieties of the early 1800s.  On this reverse, the engraver started punching the denomination into the die, but made the mistake of picking up a punch for a 2 instead of a 5.  Once the error was noticed, the engraver punched a 5 over the 2, but traces of the 2 remained under the 5.  The undertype can be seen even on coins in grades as low as Good. 

The 50/20 variety is slightly scarce, but can be found in most circulated and even Mint State grades.  The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census includes coins ranging from MS64 to MS66.

Diameter
32.50 millimeters
Designer
John Reich
Edge
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage
750500
Weight
13.50 grams
Metal Content
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
60
Pop Lower
515
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 3000 R-4.4 46 / 72 TIE 49 / 78 TIE
All Grades 40 R-8.7 29 / 72 TIE 30 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 72 TIE 1 / 78 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Possibly acquired by Cornelius Vermeule or Cornelius Vermeule Jr., before 1950 - Cornelius Vermeule III Collection -
Stack's 11/2001):228, $41,400 (this sale was originally planned for 9/2011 in New York, but was cancelled because of the attack on the World Trade Center) - D. Brent Pogue Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1699, $6,600 - Dr. Charles Link Collection