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

Series: Liberty Cap Right Half Cents 1794-1797

PCGS VF20

PCGS VF20

PCGS XF45BN

PCGS XF45BN

PCGS VF35BN

PCGS VF35BN

PCGS #:
1033
Designer:
John Smith Gardner
Edge:
Lettered: TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR
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 150 R-7.5 5 / 11 5 / 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 150
60 or Better
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-7.5
60 or Better R-10.1
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 5 / 11
60 or Better 1 / 11
65 or Better 1 / 11
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 5 / 14
60 or Better 1 / 14
65 or Better 1 / 14

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 VF35 PCGS grade
2 VF30 PCGS grade
3 VF20 PCGS grade (Cohen 3b) ESM Collection
4 Fine estimated grade
5 VG10 PCGS grade
6 VG8 PCGS grade
7 G6 PCGS grade
7 G6 PCGS grade
7 G6 PCGS grade
10 G4 PCGS grade
#1 VF35 PCGS grade
#2 VF30 PCGS grade
#3 VF20 PCGS grade
(Cohen 3b) ESM Collection
#4 Fine estimated grade
#5 VG10 PCGS grade
#6 VG8 PCGS grade
#7 G6 PCGS grade
#7 G6 PCGS grade
#7 G6 PCGS grade
#10 G4 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

In the December 1953 issue of The Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine, Walter Breen described an interesting 1797 Lettered Edge Half Cent:
"With the Frank Stewart coin collection now reposing in Congress Hall, Philadelphia, is a lettered-edge half-cent of 1797 about 1/3 of which is obliterated by being overstruck with the dies of 1796 draped bust cent S-115. The bust and date 1796 show quite plainly, and were impressed after the half-cent dies. The cent dies show no cracks. It is therefore certain that February to May 1797 is the earliest period during which perfect-die S-115's could have been made. The piece is sufficiently well-preserved to make identification absolutely certain; yet it was bought by Frank H. Stewart in 1916 as a 1796 half-cent (!) for $75 and later presented by him to the Congress Hall exhibit."

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

"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"Half Cent Miscellany" by Walter Breen, The Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine, December 20, 1953, page 1170