1794 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Cap Right Half Cents 1794-1797

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

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PCGS MS62BN

PCGS MS62BN

PCGS AU58BN

PCGS AU58BN

PCGS #:
1003
Designer:
Robert Scot
Edge:
Lettered: TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR
Diameter:
23.50 millimeters
Weight:
6.74 grams
Mintage:
81,600
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 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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 2,498
60 or Better 43
65 or Better 5
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.5
60 or Better R-8.6
65 or Better R-9.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 3 / 3
60 or Better 3 / 3
65 or Better 1 / 3
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 14 / 14
60 or Better 11 / 14
65 or Better 4 / 14

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
2 MS65BN PCGS grade
4 MS65BN PCGS grade
4 MS64BN PCGS grade
4 MS64BN estimated grade
4 MS63+BN PCGS grade
8 MS64BN estimated grade
8 MS64BN estimated grade
8 MS63BN PCGS grade
#2 MS65BN PCGS grade
#4 MS65BN PCGS grade
#4 MS64BN PCGS grade
#4 MS64BN estimated grade
#4 MS63+BN PCGS grade
#8 MS64BN estimated grade
#8 MS64BN estimated grade
#8 MS63BN PCGS grade
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