1805 1/2C Small 5, Stems, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Draped Bust Half Cents 1800-1808

PCGS AU58BN

PCGS AU58BN

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PCGS #:
1087
Designer:
Robert Scot
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
23.50 millimeters
Weight:
5.44 grams
Mintage:
814,464
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 125 R-7.7 5 / 18 5 / 18
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 18 1 / 18
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 18 1 / 18
Survival Estimate
All Grades 125
60 or Better
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-7.7
60 or Better R-10.1
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 5 / 18
60 or Better 1 / 18
65 or Better 1 / 18
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 5 / 18
60 or Better 1 / 18
65 or Better 1 / 18

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 AU53 PCGS grade
2 XF45 PCGS grade
3 XF40 PCGS grade

Cohen 2.  ESM Collection

4 VF35 PCGS grade
5 VF30 PCGS grade VF30 PCGS grade
5 VF30 PCGS grade
7 VF20 PCGS grade
8 F15 PCGS grade
8 F15 PCGS grade
8 F15 PCGS grade
#1 AU53 PCGS grade
#2 XF45 PCGS grade
#3 XF40 PCGS grade

Cohen 2.  ESM Collection

#4 VF35 PCGS grade
VF30 PCGS grade #5 VF30 PCGS grade
#5 VF30 PCGS grade
#7 VF20 PCGS grade
#8 F15 PCGS grade
#8 F15 PCGS grade
#8 F15 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1805 Small 5 Stems Half Cent is a very scarce to rare variety made up of two underlying die varieties: Cohen 2 and Cohen 3, both of which share the same obverse but slightly different reverses.

The nomenclature used for 1805 Half Cents can be confusing. The Small 5 is indeed small but the Large 5 is actually a normal-sized 5. It is only "large" relative to the Small 5. Perhaps the easiest way to tell them apart is by comparing the distance of the 5 relative to the bust. On the Small 5, the 5 is well away from the bust; on the "Large" 5, the tip of the 5 is close to the bust.

No 1805 Small 5, Stems Half Cents are known above Extremely Fine. Most examples have problems of one sort or another: porous planchets, scratches, dings, marks, etc. Nice, problem-free examples are among the scarcest of all Half Cent varieties.

Sources and/or recommended reading: "American Half Cents, Second Edition" by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.