1797 1/2C Gripped Edge, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Cap Right Half Cents 1794-1797

PCGS VG8BN

PCGS VG8BN

PCGS G6BN

PCGS G6BN

PCGS AG3BN

PCGS AG3BN

PCGS #:
1039
Designer:
John Smith Gardner
Edge:
Gripped
Diameter:
23.50 millimeters
Weight:
5.44 grams
Mintage:
127,840
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 13 R-9.4 1 / 11 1 / 14
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 11 1 / 14
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 11 1 / 14
Survival Estimate
All Grades 13
60 or Better
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-9.4
60 or Better R-10.1
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 1 / 11
60 or Better 1 / 11
65 or Better 1 / 11
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 1 / 14
60 or Better 1 / 14
65 or Better 1 / 14

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 VG10 PCGS grade
2 VG8 PCGS grade
3 G6 PCGS grade
4 AG3 PCGS grade
#1 VG10 PCGS grade
#2 VG8 PCGS grade
#3 G6 PCGS grade
#4 AG3 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1797 Gripped Edge Half Cent is an extremely rare variety, with just over a dozen known, most of which are in low grade. The dies used to strike the Gripped Edge are the same used on the 1797 Low Head (Cohen 3a) and 1797 Lettered Edge (Cohen 3b) Half Cents. Ron Manley thinks the Gripped Edge Half Cents were struck later than the Lettered Edge Half Cents, but later than the Low Heads. The "gripping" consists of what appear to be a series of irregular indentations on the egde of the coin. The purpose of the gripping is unknown, but it is similar to experimental "gripped" edges on 1797 Large Cents. According to Roger Cohen (1981), the first appearance of a 1797 Gripped Edge Half Cent was in the 1907 sale of the Matthew Stickney Collection. Today, this variety ranks as one of the rarest and most desirable of all Half Cent varieties.

Sources and/or recommended reading: "The Half Cent Die State Book 1793-1857" by Ronald P. Manley, Ph.D.

"American Half Cents (Second Edition)" by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.