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

1815/2 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65+

OVERDATE DETAIL

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
6108
Diameter:
32.50 millimeters
Designer:
John Reich
Weight:
13.50 grams
Edge:
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage:
47,150
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$182,125 • NGC MS66+ • 8-2-2012 • 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 800 R-5.4 20 / 72 TIE 21 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 12 R-9.5 6 / 72 TIE 7 / 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 MS65+ PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade

William F. Dunham Collection - B. Max Mehl 6/1941:700 - Stack's 12/1970:826 - Stack's 5/1975:867 - Stack's March 1982:840 - Reed Hawn Collection - Stack's 10/1993:685 - Chris Napolitano, sold privately - Douglas L. Noblet Collection - Bowers & Merena's Rarities Sale, January 1999:26 - D. Brent Pogue Collection

2 MS65 estimated grade  

Kaufman Collection - RARCOA and David W. Akers 8/1991:523 - Heritage, 4/2009:2415, $97,750 - Heritage 8/2012:5143, $182,125

4 MS64+ PCGS grade

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green - Green Estate - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $50.00 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33446, $117,500

5 MS64 PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection

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

William F. Dunham Collection - B. Max Mehl 6/1941:700 - Stack's 12/1970:826 - Stack's 5/1975:867 - Stack's March 1982:840 - Reed Hawn Collection - Stack's 10/1993:685 - Chris Napolitano, sold privately - Douglas L. Noblet Collection - Bowers & Merena's Rarities Sale, January 1999:26 - D. Brent Pogue Collection

2 MS65 estimated grade  

Kaufman Collection - RARCOA and David W. Akers 8/1991:523 - Heritage, 4/2009:2415, $97,750 - Heritage 8/2012:5143, $182,125

4 MS64+ PCGS grade

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green - Green Estate - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $50.00 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33446, $117,500

5 MS64 PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection

5 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 estimated grade  
5 MS64 estimated grade  
9 MS63 PCGS grade  
9 MS63 PCGS grade

Ron Guth: Quiet times prevailed at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia in 1815, where only Quarter Dollars, Half Dollars, and Half Eagles were made that year.  Mintages dropped precipitously on all three denominations, but especially on the Half Eagle.  The Mint produced only 47,150 Half Dollars in 1815, a far cry from the million-plus mintages of previous and subsequent years.  This makes the 1815 Half Dollar a standout among the Capped Bust Half Dollars - a rarity that is desired in all grades.

What makes the 1815 Half Dollar even more interesting is that all are overdates, with the 5 of the date punched over a 2.  Though only a portion of the underlying 2 is visible, it can be seen even on worn examples.

The PCGS Condition Census consists entirely of Mint State 1815 Half Dollars, starting at MS63 and going up to a single PCGS MS65.  Because of the extreme value of pieces in high grade, most collectors are content with circulated example, which can be found with relative ease.