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SERIES: Classic Head Half Cents 1809-1835
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1809 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS65+BN

PCGS MS65+BN
PCGS #:
1123
Diameter:
23.50 millimeters
Designer:
John Reich
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
1,154,572
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$16,100 • VF25 • 5-27-2003 • 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 2,000 R-4.6 11 / 16 TIE 11 / 16 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 8 / 16 TIE 8 / 16 TIE
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 5 / 16 5 / 16
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN PCGS grade  
1 MS65BN PCGS grade  
1 MS65BN estimated grade  
1 MS65BN estimated grade  
5 MS64BN PCGS grade   (Cohen 3) ESM Collection
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN PCGS grade  
1 MS65BN PCGS grade  
1 MS65BN estimated grade  
1 MS65BN estimated grade  
5 MS64BN PCGS grade   (Cohen 3) ESM Collection
5 MS64BN PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2011:3103, $2,760

5 MS64BN PCGS grade  
5 MS64BN PCGS grade  
5 MS64BN PCGS grade  
5 MS64BN PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1809 Half Cent is the first year of the Classic Head series, replacing the Draped Bust type with a new design by John Reich.  The 1809 Half Cent was struck in record quantities.  It has the highest mintage of any Half Cent and, along with the 1804, is one of only two dates with mintages over 1 million pieces.  This high mintage does not make it the most common Half Cent, as the 1809 did not survive in hoard quantities as did other dates.  Included in this mintage are some popular, well-recognized varieties, such as the "Circle in 0" (actually a large 0 over small 0) and "9 over 6" (actually a 9 over an inverted 9"). 

In circulated grades, the 1809 Half Cent is fairly common and can be obtained with relative ease.  PCGS has certified several dozen 1809 Half Cents in Mint State, mostly in the MS-62 to MS-63 range, and mostly in Brown.  A small handful of Gems are known, some with Red-Brown color, but none have been certified above MS-65 by PCGS.  No full red 1809 Half Cents are known to exist.