COIN collectors will want to be on the lookout for specific elements that could make pieces valuable, just like one that has sold for more than $4,000 online.
Half dollars were first minted by the US Mint in 1794.
Various designs have been created, ranging from the draped bust to Kennedy images.
While they have a face value of 50 cents, some are worth more due to quality or unique elements, including key dates and errors.
We explain what’s so special about a half dollar that sold online for a total of $4,150 after receiving 30 bids on eBay.
Why it’s so valuable
The piece sold is part of the half dollar series of draped busts produced from 1796 to 1807.
Typically, older dates have lower editions – and that’s no different than this case, where the year 1805 is engraved.
The mintage of the coin is said to be only 211,722.
While not the rarest in the series, it’s still easy to see why a coin older than 200 years is a must for collectors.
The date is at the bottom center of the front below the image of Liberty with flowing hair.
how much is it worth
Another thing to look out for is the quality and condition.
According to the USA Coin Book, the 1805 piece is worth $373 in average condition.
Uncirculated notes may be worth $15,115 or more.
The coin in the most recent eBay listing has been certified at an AU (uncirculated) 53 grade by the Numismatic Guaranty Company.
The notes in circulation range from one to 58.
Other valuable half dollars
Chances are if you have another half dollar that’s more than 200 years old – it’s pretty valuable too.
In fact, a clipped bust dollar dated 1815 was recently sold online for $4,126.
But not everyone owns coins with dates that old.
Another valuable piece is the 1917-D (Denver) Walking Liberty coin, as a recent buyer paid $1,450 for one in an AU-58 grade.
It only has a reported circulation of 765,400.
And there’s also the half dollar 1921-S with an even lower mintage of 548,000.
This coin can be worth as much as $31,871 or more in uncirculated varieties, according to USA CoinBook.
To see if your spare change is worth something, you can search eBay for the full name, select the listing “sold” and then toggle the search to “highest value”.
This gives you an idea of how much the coin might be worth as your full dollars, quarters, dimes, nickels and Lincoln pennies could also be valuable.
For more related stories, see Most Valuable Silver Coins in Circulation.
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