Previous Date | Next Date | Draped Bust Half Dimes by Date | Half Dimes by Type

    


1803 HALF DIME

Mintage:
Circulation strikes:
37,850
Proofs: None

Designer: Robert Scot
(based on a design by Gilbert Stuart)

Diameter: 16.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 89.2%
Copper - 10.8%

Weight: 21 grains (1.3 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (all examples of this date and type were struck at Philadelphia)

Images courtesy of R.M. Smythe

Varieties (3):
Valentine 1 - Very Scarce
Valentine 2 - Scarce
Valentine 3 - Very Rare

Notes:
The finest "Large 8" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65's.

The finest "Small 8" examples graded by PCGS are 2 EF-40's.

Recent appearances:
Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 417, "Valentine 3 (R-6)", plated, sold for $3,910.00

"Choice About Uncirculated".  LM-1.  Ex - Stack's 12/2003:174, sold for $8,050.00

ANACS AU Details, Net EF-45, Cleaned, Retoned (illustrated above).  Ex - R.M. Smythe "Nebraska Part IV", November 17, 2000, Lot 1127

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6817, "Large 8, V-1, LM-1", illustrated, sold for $2,990.00 

NGC EF-40.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 1400, "V-3, LM-1", illustrated, not sold

VF-30.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 548, "Valentine-2, LM-3" at $1,466.25  From the sale of the Chesapeake Collection, May 1999, Lot 2027

ANACS Scratched, EF Details, Net VF-20.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6816, "Valentine-2", not illustrated, sold for $1,006.25


Sources and/or recommended reading:

"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"Federal Half Dimes 1792-1837" by Russell J. Logan and John W. McCloskey