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

1823 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

1823 Date Comparison

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6131
Diameter:
32.50 millimeters
Designer:
John Reich
Weight:
13.50 grams
Edge:
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage:
1,694,200
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$94,000 • NGC MS67 CAC • 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 6,500 R-3.7 63 / 72 67 / 78
60 or Better 300 R-6.4 56 / 72 TIE 60 / 78 TIE
65 or Better 17 R-9.2 48 / 72 52 / 78
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection

1 MS66 estimated 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 $3.00 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33452, $94,000

1 MS66 estimated grade   Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1795 - Heritage 4/2009:2429, $27,600 - Bowers & Merena 8/2009:1344, $21,275 - Heritage 8/2011:7151, $24,150
4 MS65+ PCGS grade

Dr. Charles Link Collection

5 MS65 PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection

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

Dale Friend Collection

1 MS66 estimated 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 $3.00 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33452, $94,000

1 MS66 estimated grade   Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1795 - Heritage 4/2009:2429, $27,600 - Bowers & Merena 8/2009:1344, $21,275 - Heritage 8/2011:7151, $24,150
4 MS65+ PCGS grade

Dr. Charles Link Collection

5 MS65 PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection

5 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2015:4054, $16,450

5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade

George Bauer, sold privately in 1945 - John Jay Pittman Collection, Part II - David Akers 5/1998:1480 - David Akers, sold privately in 9/1998 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3050, $11,750

9 MS64+ PCGS grade  
9 MS64+ PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1823 Half Dollar is a common date in the Capped Bust series thanks to a rather hefty mintage of nearly 1.7 million coins.  This date is available in a full range of grades and can be found with relative ease.  Variety specialists focus on the date, where three major variants are found: Broken 3, Patched 4, and Ugly 3 (plus the Normal 3).  On these varieties, the 3 of the date appears deformed because of a faulty punch and/or repairs made to it.  In addition to the these major varieties, specialists have identified thirteen different die varieties, as well as some interesting die states.

Circulated examples of the 1823 Half Dollar are very common.  Even Mint State examples are readily available, usually in MS62 and MS63, and less frequently in MS64.  Gem examples are very rare and none are known above MS66.  Virtually all of the top-condition 1823 Half Dollars feature impressive color and eye appeal.