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Draped Bust Half Cents Values (1800-1808)

How Much Is My Draped Bust Half Cent Worth?

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Draped Bust Half Cents Values (1800-1808) Obverse   Draped Bust Half Cents Values (1800-1808) Reverse
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This coin value guide will give you an idea of how much your Draped Bust half cents minted from 1800 to 1808 are worth.  The table listed below provides average coin values based upon the condition of the coin.  If the coin shows evidence of wear on it due to being used in business transactions, it is considered "circulated." If it was never used, then it is categorized as "uncirculated." The pictures below show examples of each condition.  Some of these coins are very valuable even in well worn condition and you cannot increase a coin's value by cleaning it. In fact, cleaned coins are worth considerably less and coin dealers can spot a cleaned coin immediately.  Therefore, never, never, never clean your coins.

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Introduction to Coin Values

There are many factors that go into determining the value of your coins. First of all, an understanding of how the coin market works will be helpful. If your coin dealer runs out of 1802 Draped Bust half cents, he cannot just call the mint and order more of them because the mint does not make coins dated 1802 anymore. The coin dealer must replenish his supply by buying coins from other dealers or people off the street. What he pays you for that coin is known as the "wholesale price" or "value." If you want to buy that 1802 half cent from the coin dealer, that is known as the "" or "price."

Market Analysis

Most circulated Draped Bust half cents are reasonably priced. Most uncirculated coins will be worth at least $1,000. Since each die was engraved by hand, there are many different varieties that have an impact on in individual coin's value.

Condition or Grade Examples

Draped Bust half cents Average Circulated Condition Circulated Draped Bust half cents Uncirculated Condition Uncirculated
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Image Courtesy of: Heritage Auction Galleries, Ha.com

Mint Marks

All Draped Bust half cents were produced in Philadelphia and do not have a mint mark.

Draped Bust Half Cents Average Values

The following table lists the value (what you can expect a dealer to pay you) for your Draped Bust half cents. The first column lists the date and variety (if any) followed by the value of an average circulated coin and the average value for an uncirculated one. These are approximate values and the actual offer that you will receive from a particular dealer will vary depending on the actual grade of the coin and a number of other factors. Uncirculated coins that have some of their original red copper color will have a premium value well above what is listed here.

Date Avg Circ Avg Unc
1800 $70.00 $2,000.00
1802 2 over 0; Rev. of 1800 $19,000.00 -
1802 2 over 0; 2nd Rev. $1,500.00 -
1803 $70.00 $3,900.00
1804 Plain 4 Stems $90.00 $4,000.00
1804 Plain 4 Stemless $60.00 $900.00
1804 Crosslet 4 with Stems $60.00 $1,200.00
1804 Crosslet 4 Stemless $50.00 $1,100.00
1804 Spiked Chin $70.00 $1,500.00
1805 Sm. 5 Stemless $60.00 $1,100.00
1805 Sm. 5 with Stems $1,400.00 -
1805 Lg. 5 with Stems $60.00 $1,700.00
1806 Sm. 6 with Stems $300.00 $7,700.00
1806 Sm. 6 Stemless $65.00 $1,200.00
1806 Lg. 6 with Stems $50.00 $1,100.00
1807 $60.00 $1,900.00
1808 8 over 7 $195.00 $11,500.00
1808 $50.00 $1,900.00

- = Columns with a dash indicate that not enough data is available to give an estimated value. This does not necessarily mean that the coin is rare or expensive.

These values have been compiled through my personal analysis of the coin market, referencing publications such as Numismatic News, Coin World, "The Official Blue Book; Handbook of U.S. Coins," The Coin Dealer Newsletter, published auction results and consulting with various coin dealers.

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