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Type PCGS NGC Redbook Numismedia Heritage Auction Prices Realized
PCGS NGC Other
Liberty Cap PCGS NGC Facing Left
Facing Right
FMV Heritage PCGS NGC Heritage
Ebay Upcoming
Ebay Completed
Draped Bust PCGS NGC Redbook PCGS NGC
Classic Head PCGS NGC Redbook PCGS NGC
Braided Hair PCGS NGC Redbook PCGS NGC

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Type PCGS Certified NGC Certified CAC Certified
Liberty Cap PCGS NGC Left
Right
Draped Bust PCGS NGC CAC
Classic Head PCGS NGC CAC
Braided Hair PCGS NGC CAC

Mintages and Varieties

Significant Collections of Interest

Counterfeit Information

Counterfeit Likeliness: Average

  • Counterfeit Electrotypes of the proof only years exist in relatively large numbers and the edge seam of the Electrotype is the tell-tale sign.
  • Be aware of 1834 half cents with the date altered to appear to be an 1831 half-cent.
  • Struck "Bay Area" struck 1835 counterfeits are very deceptive. These have light, satiny, and grainy finish with an even tan-brown color. Compare suspect pieces with known real examples for minute detail.
Issue Common Counterfeit
1793Electrotype
1811Cast Counterfeit
(High Grade)
1831Date Alteration
1835Transfer Dies
1840-49Proof Electrotpye

Essential Reference Books

  1. Bowers, Q. David and James F. Ruddy. 1962. United States Half Cents 1793-1857. Durst Publishing, New York, NY.
  2. Breen, W. 1983. Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents 1793-1857. American Institute of Numismatic Research, South Gate, CA.
  3. Cohen, R.A., Jr. 1982. American Half Cents, the "Little Half Sisters," Wigglesworth & Ghatt, Arlington, VA.
  4. Heim, G.S. 1997. A Quickfinder for Attributing Varieties of United States Half Cents, 1793-1857. Privately Published.
  5. Manley, R.P. 1998. The Half Cent Die State Book 1793-1857. Privately Published.
  6. Robinson, Jack R. 2011. Copper Quotes by Robinson. Privately Published.

Half Cent Mintages

DateMintageMin
Rarity
Max
Rarity
Redbook
Varieties
Cohen
Varieties
Liberty Cap: Head facing left 1793
1793
35,334
R3R314
Liberty Cap: Head facing right 1794-1797
1794
81,600
R2R8215
1795
139,690
R2R649
1796
1,390
R4R622
1797
127,840
R2R755
Draped Bust Type 1800-1808
1800
202,908
R2R211
1802
20,266
R3R622
1803
92,000
R1R524
1804
1,055,312
R1R7512
1805
814,464
R1R634
1806
356,000
R1R634
1807
476,000
R2R211
1808
400,000
R1R724
Classic Head 1809-1836
1809
1,154,572
R1R636
1810
215,000
R2R212
1811
63,140
R3R422
1825
63,000
R1R212
1826
234,000
R1R312
1828
606,000
R1R323
1829
487,000
R1R111
1832
51,000
R1R213
1833
103,000
R1R111
1834
141,000
R1R111
1835
398,000
R1R112
Braided Hair 1840-1857
1849
39,864
R2R211
1850
39,812
R2R211
1851
146,672
R1R111
1853
129,694
R1R111
1854
55,358
R1R111
1855
56,500
R1R111
1856
40,430
R1R111
1857
35,180
R2R211

Half Cent Varieties in Redbook

Liberty Cap: Head facing left 1793
1793
Liberty Cap: Head facing right 1794-1797
1794Normal head
1794High relief head
1795Lettered edge, with pole
1795Lettered edge, punctuated date
1795Plain edge, punctuated date
1795Plain edge, no pole
1796With pole
1796No pole
17971 above 1, plain edge
1797Plain edge
1797Plain edge, low head
1797Lettered edge
1797 Gripped edge
Draped Bust Type 1800-1808
1800
18022/0, reverse of 1800
18022/0, second reverse
1803
1803Widely spaced 3
1804Plain 4, stems
1804Plain 4, stemless
1804Crosslet 4, stems
1804Crosslet 4, stemless
1804Spiked chin
1805Medium 5, stemless
1805Small 5, stems
1805Large 5, stems
1806Small 6, stems
1806Small 6, stemless
1806Large 6, stems
1807
18088 over 7
1808Normal date

Classic Head 1809-1836
1809Small o inside 0
18099 over inverted 9
1809Normal date
1810
1811Wide date
1811Closed date
1825
1826
182813 stars
182812 stars
1829
1832
1833
1834
1835
Braided Hair 1840-1857
1849Large date
1850
1851
1853
1854
1855
1856
1857

Half Cents by Cohen Variety

Liberty Cap: Head facing left 1793
1793C1R3
1793C2R3
1793C3R3
1793C4R3
Liberty Cap: Head facing right 1794-1797
1794C1aR3
1794C1bR6
1794C2aR2
1794C2bR6
1794C3aR5
1794C3bR8
1794C4aR3
1794C4bR8
1794C5aR4
1794C5bR8
1794C6aR6
1794C6bR8
1794C7R5
1794C8R5
1794C9R2
1795C1R2
1795C2aR3
1795C2bR6
1795C3R5
1795C4R3
1795C5aR3
1795C5bR4
1795C6aR2
1795C6bR6
1796C1R6
1796C2R4
1797C1R2
1797C2R3
1797C3aR3
1797C3bR4
1797C3cR7
Draped Bust Type 1800-1808
1800C1R2
1802C1R6
1802C2R3
1803C1R1
1803C2R5
1803C3R1
1803C4R3
1804C1R3
1804C2R7
1804C4R5
1804C5R4
1804C6R2
1804C7R5
1804C8R1
1804C9R2
1804C10R1
1804C11Plain 4, stemsR3
1804C12Crosslet 4, stemlessR2
1804C13Plain 4, stemlessR1
1805C1Stemless wreathR1
1805C2Stems, right foot of T in CENT presentR6
1805C3Stems, right foot of T in CENT covered, 5 not touching bustR5
1805C4Stems, right foot of T in CENT covered, 5 touches bustR2
1806C1Small 6, stemless wreathR1
1806C2Small 6, high B in LIBERTYR4
1806C3Small 6, low B in LIBERTYR6
1806C4Large 6 merging into bustR1
1807C1R1
1808C1Small 8, 5th leaf under upright of DR7
1808C2Small 8, 5th leaf between E and DR3
1808C3Large high final 8R1
Classic Head 1809-1836
1809C1High leaf beyond S, curl of bust over 3, 0 and 9 are closeR6
1809C2Point of high leaf not beyond SR3
1809C3Curl of bust over 0R1
1809C4Point of high leaf to left of OR3
1809C5High leaf beyond S, curl of bust over 3, 0 and 9 are distantR1
1809C6Point of high leaf midway between S and OR1
1810C1R2
1811C1Wide date, large E in LIBERTYR4
1811C2Close dateR3
1825C1Curl on bust above 5R3
1825C2Curl on bust between 2 and 5R1
1826C1point of high leaf between S and O, crisscross lines right of 6R1
1826C2point of high leaf under SR3
1828C113 stars, point of high leaf under SR3
1828C212 starsR2
1828C313 stars, point of high leaf past S, low 2R1
1829C1R1
1832C1High point of wreath below "S" in statesR2
1832C2High point of wreath below "E" in statesR1
1832C3Same as C1 except D in UNITED is repunchedR1
1833C1R1
1834C1R1
1835C1S and T in states are distantR1
1835C2S and T in states are closeR1
Braided Hair 1840-1857
1849C1Large dateR2
1850C1R2
1851C1R1
1853C1R1
1854C1R1
1855C1R1
1856C1R1
1857C1R2

1793 Cohen 1

1793 Cohen 2

1793 Cohen 3

1793 Cohen 4

1794 Low Relief Head, Large Edge Letters Cohen 1a

1794 Low Relief Head, Small Edge Letters Cohen 1b

1794 Low Relief Head, Small Edge Letters Cohen 2a

1794 Low Relief Head, Large Edge Letters Cohen 2b

1794 Low Relief Head, Small Edge Letters Cohen 3a

1794 Low Relief Head, Large Edge Letters Cohen 3b

1794 Low Relief Head, Small Edge Letters Cohen 4a

1794 Low Relief Head, Large Edge Letters Cohen 4b

1794 Low Relief Head, Small Edge Letters Cohen 5a

1794 Low Relief Head, Large Edge Letters Cohen 5b

1794 Low Relief Head, Small Edge Letters Cohen 6a

1794 Low Relief Head, Large Edge Letters Cohen 6b

1794 High Relief Head Cohen 7

1794 High Relief Head Cohen 8

1794 High Relief Head Cohen 9

1795 Lettered Edge Cohen 1

1795 LE Punctuated Date, Lettered Edge Cohen 2a

1795 PE Punctuated Date Cohen 2b

1795 PE Punctuated Date Cohen 3

1795 PE Punctuated Date Cohen 4

1795 Plain Edge, No Pole Cohen 5a

1795 Plain Edge, No Pole Cohen 5b

1795 Plain Edge, No Pole Cohen 6a

1795 Plain Edge, No Pole Cohen 6b

1796 No Pole Cohen 1

1796 With Pole Cohen 2

1797 1 above 1 Cohen 1

1797 Centered Head Cohen 2

1797 Low Head, Plain Edge Coehn 3a

1797 Lettered Edge, Low Head Cohen 3b

1797 Gripped Edge Cohen 3c

1800 Cohen 1

1802/O Reverse of 1800 Cohen 1

1802/O Reverse of 1802 Cohen 2

1803 Cohen 1

1803 Cohen 2

1803 Cohen 3

1803 Cohen 4

1804 Crosslet 4, Stems Cohen 1

1804 Crosslet 4, Stems Cohen 2

1804 Crosslet 4, Stems Cohen 4

1804 Spiked Chin Cohen 5

1804 Spiked Chin Cohen 6

1804 Spiked Chin Cohen 7

1804 Spiked Chin Cohen 8

1804 Crosslet 4, Stems Cohen 9

1804 Crosslet 4, Stems Cohen 10

1804 Plain 4, Stems Cohen 11

1804 Crosslet 4, No Stems Cohen 12

1804 Plain 4, No Stems Cohen 13

1805 Small 5, No Stems Cohen 1

1805 Small 5, Stems Cohen 2

1805 Small 5, Stems Cohen 3

1805 Large 5, Stems Cohen 4

1806 Small 6, No Stems Cohen 1

1806 Small 6, Stems Cohen 2

1806 Small 6, Stems Cohen 3

1806 Large 6, Stems Cohen 4

1807 Cohen 1

1808/7 Cohen 1

1808/7 Cohen 2

1808 Cohen 3

1809 Cohen 1

1809 Cohen 2

1809 Cohen 3

1809 Circle in 0 Cohen 4

1809/6 9 over inverted 9 Cohen 5

1809 Cohen 6

1810 Cohen 1

1811 Cohen 1

1811 Cohen 2

1825 Cohen 1

1825 Cohen 2

1826 Cohen 1

1826 Cohen 2

1828 13 Stars Cohen 1

1828 12 Stars Cohen 2

1828 13 Stars Cohen 3

1829 Cohen 1

1831 Cohen 1

1832 Cohen 1

1832 Cohen 2

1832 Cohen 3

1833 Cohen 1

1834 Cohen 1

1835 Cohen 1

1835 Cohen 2

1849 Cohen 1

1850 Cohen 1

1851 Cohen 1

1853 Cohen 1

1854 Cohen 1

1855 Cohen 1

1856 Cohen 1

1857 Cohen 1