1797 1/2C Plain Edge, BN XF40BN

CERTIFICATION#: 02679407
PCGS#: 1036

Owner's Comments

CAC approved! TCC purchased 11-19-11 Great coin!

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The "Plain Edge" designation refers only to the Cohen 2 variety, even though there are other Plain Edge 1797 Half Cents:

Cohen 1 - plain edge, known as the "1 over 1" variety
Cohen 3a - plain edge, low head, known as the "Low Head" variety

This illustrates the problem with trying to come-up with abbreviated names for varieties of U.S. coins -- it's impossible to account for all the combinations that can occur when multiple varieties occur within the same year.

The Plain Edge, Centered Head Half Cent (Cohen 2) is underrated in terms of rarity and is much more difficut to locate than is generally believed.  Above Very Fine, this date becomes very rare, especially on choclolate-brown, problem-free planchets.  Only a very few examples are known in Mint State (all Brown) and none have been graded finder than MS-64BN by PCGS.

This variety usually comes nicely centered within a wide border of denticles.  In this writer's opinion, it is one of the nicest looking Liberty Cap varieties.

Diameter: 23.50 millimeters Designer: John Smith Gardner Edge: Plain
Mintage: 127,840 Weight: 5.44 grams Metal Content: Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 200 R-7.0 6 / 11 TIE 6 / 14 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 3 / 11 TIE 4 / 14 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 11 1 / 14

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64BN PCGS grade  
2 MS63BN PCGS grade  
2 MS63BN estimated grade  
4 MS62BN PCGS grade  
4 MS62BN estimated grade