1794 1/2C, BN VF30BN

CERTIFICATION#: 01588016
PCGS#: 1003

Owner's Comments

Cohen 4.Purchased from Crossroads Coins at the 1995 TSNS show.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth:

The 1794 Half Cent is a modified version of the 1793 Liberty Cap Half Cent, with the head of Liberty turned so she is facing right.  There are two major sub-types for this year: Low-relief Head and High-Relief Head.  Large and Small Letter edge variants appear only on the Low Relief Heads; rarity depends on the variety with which it appears.

As a date, 1794 Half Cents are relatively common, certainly more so than the 1793.  Clean, problem-free examples are very scarce and Mint State examples are very rare.  Any example with even a trace of mint red is rare, and no full red examples are known.  The most desirable examples are those with glossy surfaces.  Heavy discounts apply to coins with pitted surfaces, obvious planchet flaws, or damage.

Varieties (9, plus subvarieties):
   
Low Relief Head:
      Cohen 1 - Scarce
      Cohen 2 - Common
      Cohen 3 - Rare
      Cohen 4 - Scarce
      Cohen 5 - Very Scarce
      Cohen 6 - Very Rare

   High Relief Head:
      Cohen 7 - Rare
      Cohen 8 - Rare
      Cohen 9 - Common

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"American Half Cents - The 'Little Half Sisters' (Second Edition)" by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.

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

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club

Diameter: 23.50 millimeters Designer: Robert Scot Edge: Lettered: TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR
Mintage: 81,600 Weight: 6.74 grams Metal Content: Copper
45+
6,950
50+
10,000
53+
12,000
55+
15,000
58+
21,500
60
26,000
61
29,000
62+
41,000
63+
83,000
64
92,500
1
64+
105,000
65+
210,000
66
300,000

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 2,498 R-4.5 3 / 3 14 / 14
60 or Better 43 R-8.6 3 / 3 11 / 14
65 or Better 5 R-9.7 1 / 3 4 / 14

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
4 MS65BN PCGS grade  
4 MS64BN PCGS grade