1793 1/2C, BN VF20BN

CERTIFICATION#: 09024304
PCGS#: 1000

Owner's Comments

Cohen 4.Purchased at the 1994 ANA.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The Liberty Cap - Head Left design was used only in 1793 and, along with the 1793 Chain Cents, was one of the first coins struck at the U.S. Mint.  Four die varieties, of roughly equal rarity, make up the entire mintage of just over 35,000 pieces.  High grade pieces are very rare, as are coins with nice surfaces, perfect planchets, and original, chocolate-brown color.  Demand for this date is very high because it is a first and only year of the type.

Varieties (4):
Cohen 1 - Scarce
Cohen 2 - Scarce
Cohen 3 - Scarce
Cohen 4 - Scarce
Baker 27 - Washington Head Half Cent

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"American Half Cents - Second Edition" by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.

"Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents 1793-1857" by Walter Breen

Related collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club

Diameter: 22.00 millimeters Designer: Unknown Edge: Lettered: TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR
Mintage: 35,334 Weight: 6.74 grams Metal Content: Copper
35
19,000
17
45+
30,500
50+
36,000
53+
41,000
55+
48,500
58+
61,500
60
72,000
1
62+
100,000
63
150,000
5
63+
155,000
64
200,000
4
64+
250,000
1
65
400,000
5
65+
450,000
66
920,000
2

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,090 R-4.9 1 / 1 1 / 1
60 or Better 43 R-8.6 1 / 1 1 / 1
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 1 / 1 1 / 1

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN estimated grade