Half Dollar - The 1806
Half Dollar has several varieties. The first is
the 1806/5 Overdate. It also comes with an inverted
6 under the 6 in the date. Then there are Knobbed
6s and pointed 6s, Large and Small stars, and No Stems
and Stems. PCGS lists seven Overdate varieties; two
Large Stars; three Small Stars; one Knob 6, No Stem;
two Pointed 6, No Stem; 19 Pointed 6, Stem; and three
6 over Inverted 6.
The so called 1806/9
is actually a 6 punch that was entered upside down.
It was formerly called an 1806/00 in error. The first
Overdate, 1806/5, is a reuse of an older die with
a date changed. Evidently the Mint was running out
of die steel. The large mintage of this date, 839,576,
resulted in many varieties because numerals, letters,
stars, and berries had to be entered by hand. As a
result there were also additions, omissions, and corrections.
In its population
report, PCGS has certified 237 1806/5 Overdates; 113
Knob 6, Large Stars; 93 Knob 6, Small Stars; 4 Knob
6, No Stem; 343 Pointed 6, No Stem; 1,061 Pointed
6, Stem; and 107 6 over Inverted 6.
Designer: Robert Scot Weight: 13.48 grams Composition: .8924 silver, .1076
copper Diameter: approximately 32.5 mm Edge: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
with decorations between