1804 1/2C Crosslet 4, Stems, BN XF45BN

CERTIFICATION#: 12497522
PCGS#: 1069

Owner's Comments

Cohen 9.Purchased at the 1989 CSNS show.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The two most obvious differences on 1804 Half Cents relate to the 4 of the date: on some coins the horizontal crossbar of the 4 ends with a vertical crosslet; on others the 4 has no crosslet.  The Plain 4 is slightly more common than the Crosslet 4. 

Underlying the Crosslet 4 are individual die varieties:
Cohen 1
Cohen 2
Cohen 4
Cohen 5 (early state of the Spiked Chin)
Cohen 9
Cohen 10
Cohen 12

All of the Spiked Chin varieties are also Crosslet 4's, but the Spiked Chin designation takes precedence.

Collectors should have no difficulty finding circulated examples of the Crosslet 4 Half Cent.  Mint State versions are quite scarce, especially in grades above MS-63.  Examples with original mint red are exceedingly scarce (most have toned to an olive- or chocolate-brown color) and none are known with full mint red.

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

Diameter: 23.50 millimeters Designer: Robert Scot Edge: Plain
Mintage: 1,055,312 Weight: 5.44 grams Metal Content: Copper
3
36
2
6
72
6
45+
575
50+
785
53+
975
55+
1,150
58+
1,500
60
1,700
62+
3,050
63+
4,500
64+
7,900
1
65
25,000
2
65+
28,500
2

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 300 R-6.4 6 / 18 TIE 6 / 18 TIE
60 or Better 40 R-8.7 6 / 18 TIE 6 / 18 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 3 / 18 TIE 3 / 18 TIE

Condition Census

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