1796 1/2C With Pole, BN VF20BN

CERTIFICATION#: -38146
PCGS#: 1027

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $205

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: 1796 Half Cents are known on planchets made from rolled copper strips or cut-down U.S. Large Cents, with the latter being extremely rare.

This was the only use of the obverse die.

The reverse die of this variety was also used on:
1796 Cohen 1

Most examples seen of this variety are in circulated condition, although a number of choice Mint State examples are known.

Diameter: 23.50 millimeters Designer: John Smith Gardner Edge: Plain
Mintage: 1,390 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 110 R-7.9 4 / 11 4 / 14
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 5 / 11 TIE 6 / 14 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 11 1 / 14

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN estimated grade  
2 MS64BN PCGS grade   Stack’s 7/2008, $253,000 - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11167, $402,500
3 MS62BN estimated grade  
3 MS62BN estimated grade  
5 AU58 PCGS grade