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

Series: Liberty Cap Right Half Cents 1794-1797

PCGS MS63BN

PCGS MS63BN

Centered Head/Low Head Comparison

Centered Head/Low Head Comparison

PCGS AU53BN

PCGS AU53BN

PCGS #:
35107
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 100 R-8.0 3 / 11 3 / 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 100
60 or Better
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.0
60 or Better R-10.1
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 3 / 11
60 or Better 1 / 11
65 or Better 1 / 11
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 3 / 14
60 or Better 1 / 14
65 or Better 1 / 14

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 VF30 PCGS grade
1 VF30 PCGS grade
3 VF25 PCGS grade
4 F15 PCGS grade
5 F12 PCGS grade
5 F12 PCGS grade
5 F12 PCGS grade
#1 VF30 PCGS grade
#1 VF30 PCGS grade
#3 VF25 PCGS grade
#4 F15 PCGS grade
#5 F12 PCGS grade
#5 F12 PCGS grade
#5 F12 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1797 Low Head Half Cent is a distinctive variety where the head of Liberty was punched way too low into the die, crowding into and nearly touching the date. While this variety is visually distinctive, it's important to check the edge because one of the greatest cherrypicking opportunities exists with the Low Head Half Cent. Three edge subvarieties exist on the 1797 Low Head: Plain Edge, Lettered Edge, and Gripped Edge. The 1797 Low Head, Plain Edge is the most "common" of the three subvarieties, though even it is scarce. The 1797 Low Head, Lettered Edge is a very scarce and desirable variety. Finally, the 1797 Low Head, Gripped Edge is one of the rarest and most valuable of all Half Cent varieties. So, on all 1797 Low Head Half Cents, be sure to check the edge!

In terms of condition, the 1797 Low Head, Plain Edge is difficult to locate in any grade, especially above Very Fine. No Mint State examples are known to exist.