1823 50C F15 Certification #35732917, PCGS #6131

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.

PCGS #
6131
Designer
John Reich
Edge
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Diameter
32.50 millimeters
Weight
13.50 grams
Mintage
1694200
Metal
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Pop Higher
1305
Pop Lower
68
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 6500 R-3.7 63 / 72 67 / 78
All Grades 300 R-6.4 56 / 72 TIE 60 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 17 R-9.2 48 / 72 52 / 78
65 or Better 6500
All Grades 300
60 or Better 17
65 or Better R-3.7
All Grades R-6.4
60 or Better R-9.2
65 or Better 63 / 72
All Grades 56 / 72 TIE
60 or Better 48 / 72
65 or Better 67 / 78
All Grades 60 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 52 / 78

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade 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 MS65+ PCGS grade

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

4 MS65+ PCGS grade MS65+ PCGS grade

Dr. Charles Link Collection

MS66 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

MS65+ PCGS grade #4 MS65+ PCGS grade

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

MS65+ PCGS grade #4 MS65+ PCGS grade

Dr. Charles Link Collection