1814 Bust Half Dollar NGC MS65

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Better Than the Smithsonian’s

How would you like to own an important piece of American history that’s seven grades higher than the version currently in the Smithsonian’s® Numismatic Collection? This 1814 Silver Liberty Bust Half Dollar circulated during the War of 1812, and was struck the same year Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star Spangled Banner” after watching the British bomb Fort McHenry for more than 24 hours. It’s been around for more than 200 years, and somehow managed to survive in Mint State-65 (MS65) condition! You’d be hard-pressed to find one in finer condition. In fact, only 17 coins exist in better condition graded by either the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) or the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS). Best of all, this exquisite coin – which is one of the few that has been graded and certified by NGC – features outstanding mint green toning, which enhances the sharpness of the strike. If you’re looking for a historic U.S. coin with a massive amount of “wow factor,” this is that coin! Do not pass this historic treasure by!

  • POPULAR EARLY UNITED STATES COIN DESIGN – Designed by John Reich and modified by U.S. Mint Chief Engraver William Kneass, the Capped Bust design that appeared on the silver half dollar was so popular that it was struck from 1807-1837. It was also the same design that was used on the quarter from 1815-1838, the dime from 1809-1837, and the half dime from 1829-1837.
  • STRUCK IN FINE SILVER – Each 1814 Bust Half Dollar is struck in 13.48 grams of 89.24% silver.
  • LEGAL TENDER COINAGE – These coins were 50 cents legal tender in the United States. During the War of 1812 this represented about a day’s wages for an average worker.
  • OUTSTANDING GRADED CONDITION – Your 1814 Bust Half Dollar has been certified and graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) to be in outstanding Mint State-65 (MS65) condition, Of all the coins from this date graded by both NGC and the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), only 17 coins have been graded higher. In fact, the specimen in the world-famous Smithsonian collection is only an AU58!
  • VINTAGE ARTIFACT OF AMERICAN HISTORY – During the War of 1812, American lawyer Francis Scott Key witnessed the 25-hour long British bombardment of Fort McHenry near Baltimore. Inspired by the fort’s defense, Key wrote the “Defense of Fort McHenry,” a poem that was later set to music and ultimately became “The Star-Spangled Banner,” our nation’s national anthem. Could Key have been carrying one of these 1814-dated half-dollars with him? Who knows, but your coin is certainly a tangible artifact from an important era in American history.
Year of Issue 1814
Country United States
Composition Silver
Purity 0.8924
Condition Graded
Grade MS65
Denomination 0.50
Currency Type Dollar
Mint Name U.S. Mint
Coin Weight 13.48 Grams - g
Dimensions 32.5mm