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

1817 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6109
Diameter:
32.50 millimeters
Designer:
John Reich
Weight:
13.50 grams
Edge:
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage:
1,215,567
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$32,200 • NGC MS66 • 7-1-2008 • 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 3,000 R-4.4 46 / 72 TIE 49 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 40 / 72 TIE 43 / 78 TIE
65 or Better 12 R-9.5 41 / 72 TIE 42 / 78 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2007:968, $25,300 - Duffy Collection - Heritage 7/2008:1679, $32,200 - D. Brent Pogue Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade

George H. Earle Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1912 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1745 - Sheridan Downey FPL 12/1997, not sold - David Akers, sold privately at the 2002 American Numismatic Association convention - D. Brent Pogue Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade

George H. Earle Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1912 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1739, $4,840 - Heritage 7/2003:7409 - Stuart Levine, sold privately - D. Brent Pogue Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade

George H. Earle Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1912 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1740, $18,700 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2417, $27,600

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

Heritage 1/2007:968, $25,300 - Duffy Collection - Heritage 7/2008:1679, $32,200 - D. Brent Pogue Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade

George H. Earle Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1912 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1745 - Sheridan Downey FPL 12/1997, not sold - David Akers, sold privately at the 2002 American Numismatic Association convention - D. Brent Pogue Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade

George H. Earle Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1912 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1739, $4,840 - Heritage 7/2003:7409 - Stuart Levine, sold privately - D. Brent Pogue Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade

George H. Earle Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1912 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1740, $18,700 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2417, $27,600

5 MS65 PCGS grade

New England Museum - Stack's/Bowers 5/2013:342, $14,100 - Heritage 1/2014:4412, $17,625 - Dr. Charles Link Collection

5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1817, the U.S. Mint produced over 1.2 million Half Dollars.  Among those, researchers have identified thirteen different die varieties, including two overdates (1817/3 and the exceedingly rare 1817/4) and one with a so-called "Punctuated Date" (actually a die chip between the 1 and the 7).  This date is plentiful in most grades, though Mint State examples are scarce to rare, a fact exascerbated by the popularity of the series and the wide distribution of known examples.  At the top end, the best examples rate MS66. All of the coins in the PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census are MS65 or better.