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SERIES: Capped Bust Half Dollars 1807-1839
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1807 50C Large Stars 50/20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65

Details of 50/20

STARS COMPARISON
PCGS #:
6086
Diameter:
32.50 millimeters
Designer:
John Reich
Weight:
13.50 grams
Edge:
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage:
750,500
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$41,400 • GEM BU • 11-12-2001 • Stack's
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 3,000 R-4.4 46 / 72 TIE 49 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 40 R-8.7 29 / 72 TIE 30 / 78 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 72 TIE 1 / 78 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection

2 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

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

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection

2 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

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

5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade  

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.