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SERIES: Draped Bust Half Dollars 1796-1807
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1805/4 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65

OVERDATE DETAIL

PCGS AU58
PCGS #:
6070
Diameter:
32.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
13.50 grams
Edge:
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage:
211,722
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$152,750 • NGC MS65 • 11-15-2013 • Heritage
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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 5 / 13 8 / 16
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 6 / 13 TIE 7 / 16 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 2 / 13 4 / 16
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1681, $82,500 - Heritage 8/1998:6598, $103,500 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1109, $111,625

1 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 estimated grade  
4 MS62 PCGS grade  
5 AU58 PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1681, $82,500 - Heritage 8/1998:6598, $103,500 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1109, $111,625

1 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 estimated grade  
4 MS62 PCGS grade  
5 AU58 PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection

5 AU58 PCGS grade
5 AU58 PCGS grade  
5 AU58 PCGS grade  
9 AU55 PCGS grade  
9 AU55 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Actually, there were two different 1805/4 overdated dies, both of which have 4's clearly visible beneath the 5, even to the naked eye.  Apparently, dies were prepared in 1804 for an anticipated coinage of half dollars which never materialized.  Thus, in 1805, the engravers took the two leftover 1804 dies and punched a 5 over the 4.

All of the 1805/4 Half Dollars are scarce and at least one of the die varieties (O-103) is rare (and its die states are even rarer still). 

Based on the PCGS Population Report, the 1805/4 overdated half dollar is approximately two to three times as rare as the normal 1805 half dollar.  Mint State examples of both types are exceedingly rare and the finest examples certified by PCGS thus far (as of May 2011) are a pair of MS65 examples.