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SERIES: Draped Bust Half Cents 1800-1808
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1808 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64+BN

PCGS MS63BN

PCGS MS63BN
PCGS #:
1107
Diameter:
23.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
400,000
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$9,775 • PCGS MS63 • 9-1-2004 • Superior Galleries
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 500 R-6.0 11 / 18 TIE 11 / 18 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 4 / 18 TIE 4 / 18 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 18 1 / 18
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64BN PCGS grade  
1 MS64BN PCGS grade  
3 MS63BN PCGS grade
3 MS63BN PCGS grade   (Cohen 8) ESM Collection
3 MS63BN PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64BN PCGS grade  
1 MS64BN PCGS grade  
3 MS63BN PCGS grade
3 MS63BN PCGS grade   (Cohen 8) ESM Collection
3 MS63BN PCGS grade  
3 MS63BN PCGS grade  
7 MS62BN PCGS grade  
8 MS61BN PCGS grade  
9 MS60BN PCGS grade  
10 AU58 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: 1808 Half Cents are found with a "normal" date and an overdate (last 8 over a 7).  "Normal" is in parentheses because the date is actually quite unusual -- the final 8 of the date was constructed by punching the zero of the denomination into the coin twice. Thus, the final 8 does not match the first 8 at all. 

The "Normal" 1808 Half Cent is one of the more common dates in the series.  While several Unicrculated examples are known, none have earned the Red-Brown or Red designations.  Thus, the collector is left with mostly Brown examples, with only a trace of original mint red at best.