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

1817/3 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64+

OVERDATE DETAIL

PCGS MS64+
PCGS #:
6111
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:
$61,688 • PCGS MS64 • 7-11-2013 • Heritage Auctions
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3
85
1
3
4
150
3
4
45+
1,675
45+
50+
3,100
50+
53+
3,650
53+
55+
4,750
55+
58+
6,600
58+
60
7,600
1
60
61
8,750
1
61
62+
11,500
62+
63+
21,000
3
63+
64+
35,000
2
64+
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 24 / 72 TIE 25 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 6 / 72 TIE 7 / 78 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 10 / 72 TIE 10 / 78 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 estimated grade  

Overton 101

2 MS64+ PCGS grade

Possibly acquired by Cornelius Vermeule or Cornelius Vermeule Jr., before 1950 - Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection - Stack's 9/2001:236 (this sale was originally planned for 9/2011 in New York, but was canceled because of the attack on the World Trade Center) - D. Brent Pogue Collection

2 MS64+ PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 estimated grade  

Overton 101

2 MS64+ PCGS grade

Possibly acquired by Cornelius Vermeule or Cornelius Vermeule Jr., before 1950 - Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection - Stack's 9/2001:236 (this sale was originally planned for 9/2011 in New York, but was canceled because of the attack on the World Trade Center) - D. Brent Pogue Collection

2 MS64+ PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
6 MS63+ PCGS grade
6 MS63+ PCGS grade
6 MS63+ PCGS grade
9 MS63 PCGS grade
9 MS63 estimated grade  

Heritage 4/2013:4263, $21,150

Ron Guth: The 1817/3 Half Dollar is an enigmatic overdate that defies explanation.  If it were a leftover die from 1813, one would expect the 13th obverse star to show the notched point that is believed to be the "signature" of engraver John Reich.  Reich resigned his position in March 1817, after which the notching of the stars ended.  This suggests that the new engraver simply made an error by punching a 3 into the die, then corrected it with the proper 7 punch.  But, why would the engraver have picked up a punch for a 3?  That would have been an egregious oversight on the engraver's part, especially since he was four year's away from a need for a 3, plus there is no U.S. coin from 1817 where a 3 might be used in either a legend, motto, or denomination.

Regardless of the reason for this variety, it is extremely popular with collectors.  Only one die combination (Overton 101, and it's later die state Overton 101a) utilize this obverse.  In most grades, the 1817/3 Half Dollar is fairly common, but in Mint State, it becomes very rare.