1793 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Cap Left Half Cents 1793

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN

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PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS #:
1000
Designer:
Unknown
Edge:
Lettered: TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR
Diameter:
22.00 millimeters
Weight:
6.74 grams
Mintage:
35,334
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade

George H. Earle, Jr. Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1912:3598, $35 - Clarence S. Bement Collection - Henry Chapman 5/1916:413, $35 - S. H. Chapman - Dr. Christian A. Allenburger Collection - B. Max Mehl 3/1948:311 - Philip M. Showers Collection - Stack's, sold privately in 1969 - Willis Harrington duPont Collection - Fred S. "Freddy" Werner, sold privately in 2/1976 - Superior, sold privately in 2/1976 - Joe Flynn and Son Rare Coins, Inc. (Joseph S. Flynn, Jr.), sold privately on 4/20/1976 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 93.4.1) - Goldbergs 1/2014:6, $920,000

1 MS66BN PCGS grade

T. James Clarke Collection - Charles M. Williams Collection - Numismatic Gallery 12/1950:659 - Harold Bareford Collection - William J. Bareford Collection - Jules Reiver Collection, sold privately in 6/1984 - Jim McGuigan Collection

3 MS65BN PCGS grade  
	MS65BN PCGS grade

Charles Morris Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1905:857 - Allison W. Jackman Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1918:851 - Virgil M. Brand Collection - Horace and Armin Brand - Armin Brand, consigned to the following on 8/1935 - Burdette G. Johnson - Douglas Weaver, sold privately in 1/1972 - George W. "Hank" Rodgers, sold privately on 3/27/1972 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 93.3.1) - Goldbergs 1/2014:4, $718,750 - Larry Hanks and Richard Burdick, as agents for the following) - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers 2/2016:3001, $446,500 - Stack's/Bowers 2/2016:3001, $446,500

3 MS65BN PCGS grade

Frederick Reed "F. R." Alvord Collection - S. H. Chapman 6/1924:8 (as Raw Uncirculated), $68 - Henry Chapman, privately - Howard Rounds Newcomb Collection (valued by Newcomb at $32.50), sold privately in 1935 - B. Max Mehl, who purchased the entire half cent collection of Howard Rounds Newcomb in 1935, advertised it for sale on page 814 in the November 1935 issue of The Numismatist, and sold the collection intact to E. H. R. Green) - "Colonel" Edward Howland Robinson "E. H. R." Green collection (appraised by Frederick Charles Cogswell "F. C. C." Boyd for the Green Estate at $15 on 8/9/1937), sold in 4/1943 for $30.01 - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Coin Co.) - Burdette G. Johnson, valued by his estate at $125 - Charles J. duPont Collection - Stack's “Anderson-Dupont” 11/1954:1029 (as Raw Mint State), $675 - Harold S. Bareford, 4/1978 - William J. Bareford, sold 6/1984 (via Julius "Jules" Reiver) - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 93.1.3) - Goldbergs 1/2014:1, $379,500

3 MS65BN PCGS grade

Joseph Brobston Collection - Stack's FPL 1/1963, offered at $2,500 - Stack’s “Gardner Collection 2/1965:1109, $4,800

6 MS64+BN PCGS grade

Howard Rounds Newcomb Collection (valued by Newcomb at $35), sold privately in 1935 - B. Max Mehl, sold privately - Col. E. H. R. Green Collection, appraised by his estate at $50 on 8/9/1937, sold in April 1943 for $60.01 - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 93.3.2) - Goldbergs 1/2014:5, $345,000 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

7 MS64BN PCGS grade

A.O. Woods Collection - Superior 9/1986:3007 - Anthony Terranova, sold privately - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection, sold privately (as an intact collection of Half Cents) in 1991 - Eric Streiner - Stack’s 1/1992:278 - Gene Reale Collection, sold privately via Jay Parrino (The Mint) - Richard T. Coleman, Jr. Collection, sold privately in 8/1995 - Foxfire Collection (Claude E. Davis, MD), via Richard Burdick; acquired with the Foxfire Collection, en bloc, by sale, October 5, 2004 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers 2/2016:3002, $176,250

7 MS64BN PCGS grade  
	MS64BN PCGS grade

Heritage 11/2004:5057, not sold - Heritage 1/2005:30088, $120,750 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2016, $109,250 - High Desert Collection

7 MS64BN PCGS grade

John Pawling Collection - New Netherlands 11/1952:73 - Joseph Brobston Collection - Stack's 1/1963 Fixed Price List:69 - Charles Jay Collection - Stack's 10/1967:80 - Stack's 1/2002:679, $41,400 - Oliver Jung Collection - Heritage 8/2014:5514, $146,875

7 MS64BN PCGS grade

Knightsbridge Coins (of London, England), sold privately in 7/1984 - Jim McGuigan Collection

#1 MS66BN PCGS grade

George H. Earle, Jr. Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1912:3598, $35 - Clarence S. Bement Collection - Henry Chapman 5/1916:413, $35 - S. H. Chapman - Dr. Christian A. Allenburger Collection - B. Max Mehl 3/1948:311 - Philip M. Showers Collection - Stack's, sold privately in 1969 - Willis Harrington duPont Collection - Fred S. "Freddy" Werner, sold privately in 2/1976 - Superior, sold privately in 2/1976 - Joe Flynn and Son Rare Coins, Inc. (Joseph S. Flynn, Jr.), sold privately on 4/20/1976 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 93.4.1) - Goldbergs 1/2014:6, $920,000

#1 MS66BN PCGS grade

T. James Clarke Collection - Charles M. Williams Collection - Numismatic Gallery 12/1950:659 - Harold Bareford Collection - William J. Bareford Collection - Jules Reiver Collection, sold privately in 6/1984 - Jim McGuigan Collection

 
	MS65BN PCGS grade 
#3 MS65BN PCGS grade

Charles Morris Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1905:857 - Allison W. Jackman Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1918:851 - Virgil M. Brand Collection - Horace and Armin Brand - Armin Brand, consigned to the following on 8/1935 - Burdette G. Johnson - Douglas Weaver, sold privately in 1/1972 - George W. "Hank" Rodgers, sold privately on 3/27/1972 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 93.3.1) - Goldbergs 1/2014:4, $718,750 - Larry Hanks and Richard Burdick, as agents for the following) - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers 2/2016:3001, $446,500 - Stack's/Bowers 2/2016:3001, $446,500

#3 MS65BN PCGS grade

Frederick Reed "F. R." Alvord Collection - S. H. Chapman 6/1924:8 (as Raw Uncirculated), $68 - Henry Chapman, privately - Howard Rounds Newcomb Collection (valued by Newcomb at $32.50), sold privately in 1935 - B. Max Mehl, who purchased the entire half cent collection of Howard Rounds Newcomb in 1935, advertised it for sale on page 814 in the November 1935 issue of The Numismatist, and sold the collection intact to E. H. R. Green) - "Colonel" Edward Howland Robinson "E. H. R." Green collection (appraised by Frederick Charles Cogswell "F. C. C." Boyd for the Green Estate at $15 on 8/9/1937), sold in 4/1943 for $30.01 - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Coin Co.) - Burdette G. Johnson, valued by his estate at $125 - Charles J. duPont Collection - Stack's “Anderson-Dupont” 11/1954:1029 (as Raw Mint State), $675 - Harold S. Bareford, 4/1978 - William J. Bareford, sold 6/1984 (via Julius "Jules" Reiver) - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 93.1.3) - Goldbergs 1/2014:1, $379,500

#3 MS65BN PCGS grade

Joseph Brobston Collection - Stack's FPL 1/1963, offered at $2,500 - Stack’s “Gardner Collection 2/1965:1109, $4,800

#6 MS64+BN PCGS grade

Howard Rounds Newcomb Collection (valued by Newcomb at $35), sold privately in 1935 - B. Max Mehl, sold privately - Col. E. H. R. Green Collection, appraised by his estate at $50 on 8/9/1937, sold in April 1943 for $60.01 - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 93.3.2) - Goldbergs 1/2014:5, $345,000 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

#7 MS64BN PCGS grade

A.O. Woods Collection - Superior 9/1986:3007 - Anthony Terranova, sold privately - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection, sold privately (as an intact collection of Half Cents) in 1991 - Eric Streiner - Stack’s 1/1992:278 - Gene Reale Collection, sold privately via Jay Parrino (The Mint) - Richard T. Coleman, Jr. Collection, sold privately in 8/1995 - Foxfire Collection (Claude E. Davis, MD), via Richard Burdick; acquired with the Foxfire Collection, en bloc, by sale, October 5, 2004 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers 2/2016:3002, $176,250

 
	MS64BN PCGS grade 
#7 MS64BN PCGS grade

Heritage 11/2004:5057, not sold - Heritage 1/2005:30088, $120,750 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2016, $109,250 - High Desert Collection

#7 MS64BN PCGS grade

John Pawling Collection - New Netherlands 11/1952:73 - Joseph Brobston Collection - Stack's 1/1963 Fixed Price List:69 - Charles Jay Collection - Stack's 10/1967:80 - Stack's 1/2002:679, $41,400 - Oliver Jung Collection - Heritage 8/2014:5514, $146,875

#7 MS64BN PCGS grade

Knightsbridge Coins (of London, England), sold privately in 7/1984 - Jim McGuigan Collection

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

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