1804 1/2C Crosslet 4, Stems, BN AU58BN Certification #21040176, PCGS #1069

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The two most obvious differences on 1804 Half Cents relate to the 4 of the date: on some coins the horizontal crossbar of the 4 ends with a vertical crosslet; on others the 4 has no crosslet.  The Plain 4 is slightly more common than the Crosslet 4. 

Underlying the Crosslet 4 are individual die varieties:
Cohen 1
Cohen 2
Cohen 4
Cohen 5 (early state of the Spiked Chin)
Cohen 9
Cohen 10
Cohen 12

All of the Spiked Chin varieties are also Crosslet 4's, but the Spiked Chin designation takes precedence.

Collectors should have no difficulty finding circulated examples of the Crosslet 4 Half Cent.  Mint State versions are quite scarce, especially in grades above MS-63.  Examples with original mint red are exceedingly scarce (most have toned to an olive- or chocolate-brown color) and none are known with full mint red.

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

Diameter
23.50 millimeters
Designer
Robert Scot
Edge
Plain
Mintage
1055312
Weight
5.44 grams
Metal Content
Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
47
Pop Lower
527
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 300 R-6.4 6 / 18 TIE 6 / 18 TIE
All Grades 40 R-8.7 6 / 18 TIE 6 / 18 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 3 / 18 TIE 3 / 18 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+BN PCGS grade MS65+BN PCGS grade

Jon G. Hanson, sold privately at the 1979 A.N.A. Convention - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 04.9.4) - Goldbergs 1/2014:71, $28,750

1 MS65+BN PCGS grade MS65+BN PCGS grade

Stack's, sold privately - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 04.9.1) - Goldbergs 1/2014:70, $28,750

1 MS65+BN PCGS grade MS65+BN PCGS grade

Cardinal Collection - Legend Numismatics - Red Headed Copper Collection - Heritage 8/2018:5020, $14,400 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 3/2019:5

4 MS65BN PCGS grade MS65BN PCGS grade
4 MS65BN PCGS grade MS65BN PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 5/2017:92, $16,000