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

1813 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+
PCGS #:
6103
Diameter:
32.50 millimeters
Designer:
John Reich
Weight:
13.50 grams
Edge:
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage:
1,241,903
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$141,000 • NGC MS67+* • 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 4,000 R-4.2 53 / 72 TIE 57 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 150 R-7.5 47 / 72 TIE 50 / 78 TIE
65 or Better 8 R-9.6 36 / 72 TIE 37 / 78 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $5 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33444, $141,000 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

2 MS65+ PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 7/2003:1431, $6,900 - Stuart Levine, sold privately - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 9/2015:2015, $35,250

3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $5 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33444, $141,000 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

2 MS65+ PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 7/2003:1431, $6,900 - Stuart Levine, sold privately - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 9/2015:2015, $35,250

3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  

Ron Guth: The 1813 Half Dollar comes in two major varieties: Normal and 50/UNI.  This narrative covers the former, which comprises the vast majority of 1813 Half Dollars.  As a date, the 1813 Half Dollar is readily obtainable in most grades.  Mint State examples are scarce, but cannot be considered rare because they are almost always available on the market.  However, some individual varieties are quite rare and they are nearly impossible to find in Mint State (see the individual variety pages for more expansive write-ups).  When all the 1813 Half Dollars are ranked together, there is a single coin that stands head-and-shoulders above the rest.  That coin is the remarkable PCGS MS67 (formerly NGC MS67+*) from the Eric Newman Collection.  Mr. Newman paid $5 for the coin sometime in the 1940's; when it sold at auction in 2013, it brought $141,000.  The new proud owner is mega-collector, Bob Simpson.

The rest of the PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census for 1813 Half Dollars consists of MS65 and better examples.

The strike quality of 1813 Half Dollars varies widely because each variety has its own unique characteristics.  Based on the images above, the followng varieties appear to have some of the best details: O-103, O-105, O-106a, and O-107a (there may be others).