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

Series: Liberty Cap Right Half Cents 1794-1797

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN

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PCGS MS63BN

PCGS MS63BN

PCGS AU55BN

PCGS AU55BN

PCGS #:
1036
Designer:
John Smith Gardner
Edge:
Plain
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 200 R-7.0 6 / 11 TIE 6 / 14 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 3 / 11 TIE 4 / 14 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 11 1 / 14
Survival Estimate
All Grades 200
60 or Better 3
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-7.0
60 or Better R-9.8
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 6 / 11 TIE
60 or Better 3 / 11 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 11
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 6 / 14 TIE
60 or Better 4 / 14 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 14

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64BN PCGS grade
2 MS63BN PCGS grade
2 MS63BN estimated grade
4 MS62BN PCGS grade
4 MS62BN estimated grade
6 AU55 PCGS grade
6 AU55 PCGS grade
6 AU55 PCGS grade
6 AU55 PCGS grade
6 AU55 PCGS grade
#1 MS64BN PCGS grade
#2 MS63BN PCGS grade
#2 MS63BN estimated grade
#4 MS62BN PCGS grade
#4 MS62BN estimated grade
#6 AU55 PCGS grade
#6 AU55 PCGS grade
#6 AU55 PCGS grade
#6 AU55 PCGS grade
#6 AU55 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The "Plain Edge" designation refers only to the Cohen 2 variety, even though there are other Plain Edge 1797 Half Cents:

Cohen 1 - plain edge, known as the "1 over 1" variety Cohen 3a - plain edge, low head, known as the "Low Head" variety

This illustrates the problem with trying to come-up with abbreviated names for varieties of U.S. coins -- it's impossible to account for all the combinations that can occur when multiple varieties occur within the same year.

The Plain Edge, Centered Head Half Cent (Cohen 2) is underrated in terms of rarity and is much more difficut to locate than is generally believed. Above Very Fine, this date becomes very rare, especially on choclolate-brown, problem-free planchets. Only a very few examples are known in Mint State (all Brown) and none have been graded finder than MS-64BN by PCGS.

This variety usually comes nicely centered within a wide border of denticles. In this writer's opinion, it is one of the nicest looking Liberty Cap varieties.