U.S. HALF CENTS
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The Half Cent Series and its varieties are covered by two books, the latest is Breen's ("B numbers") and earlier the standard reference was Cohen ("C" numbers). Also many key varieties are in Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins. These are B numbers in four digits. These Half cents have great character and historical interest as early expressions of early mint production for the use of the common man and in normal commerce and have grown in demand over the last decade. These are listed for the advance collector, but collecting them can be done by the starting collector also by type, year, and specific variety.
1794 Half Cent, With Pole, Letter Edge, Good+, with porosity rough surfaces with most design elements clearly showing. Breen 2b(2-B),R-3 (Breen), Breen Encyclopedia 1507, C-2a, "Heavy Wreath, Normal Head, Closest Date, Small edge letters." An historic early type coin in a series type hard to obtain. PORv
1795 Half Cent, With Pole, Wide Date, Border, Good, nice flan, Breen 2a (2-A), C-2, R-4 (Breen). Not a bad historic early type coin in a series type hard to obtain. POR
1797 Half Cent, No Pole, Plain Edge, Good, may have been cleaned long ago and now toning, nicer than normal surface but few vertical scratches. at Liberty Cap, Breen 6a:3-D, die state II-IV,C-6a, R-2. Again an historic early type coin in a series type hard to obtain. PORv
1800, Very Good, Breen 1b, made from 1800 Boulton stock, lightly micro-porous, but visually attractive for the grade, likely die state III, R-1. $90.00
1802/0, Reverse of 1802, Good+/VG, nice surfaces and color, Breen 2- 22-B, Cohen variety 2, struck from warn obverse dies as normal, letters are strong and clear for grade, bust weak, likely die state IV with small raised rust pits between I B obverse, and few very small pits elsewhere, Breen notes issue was from spoiled stock, R-3 (SCARCE). POR
1803, Breen 1, Cohen 1,Close 03, Five Berries on Left Branch type, reverse fraction bar passes right to ribbon, Die state V-VI with cracks starting through tops of ITED and MER with Breen noting die state VI "very rare" Type itself is given as R-1, F/VF nice surface medium brown. POR
1804, Crosslet 4, stemsless, VG, $80.00
1804, Crosslet 4, stemsless, sought after "Spiked Chin" variety, Close Fraction, Die State from IV-VII,with die crack through LIBER, (VIII state said by Breen "Very Rare") and the "R" in LIBERTY has a major anomaly in shape not seen by us before, B-7, Cohen 7, Fine -, overall variety R-1, POR
1804, Plain 4, with steems and 11 Berries, Cohen 11, Breen 12, R-4, VG+, rev. weak "Half" strong legends and wreath, obv. strong date and Liberty, old light scrs. obv. and rev. Nice surface. Scarce type. POR
1805, Cohen-1, VF-20, PORv
1806, Breen 3: 2-B, Cohen 1, Small High 6, Stemsless, Fine+/VF, R-1, nice surface. $145.00
1806, Almost Uncirculated / Extra Fine+, Small High 6, Stemless Wreath, Cohen 1, B-3, (Breen Encyclopedia 1550), Lovely surfaces and fields, no problems, medium brown, R-1. $850.00
1808/7, Breen 2, Cohen 2, Breen Enc.1553, Good+/VG, micro surface porosity, steely Grey-Brown surface , SCARCE (High Rarity 3, nearly R-4 according to Breen). POR
1808, V. Good. $ 145.00
1811, Half Cent, Wide Date, Breen 1, Cohen 1, Good, with surface corroded but all obverse key elements clear and visible, "LIBERTY" full and clear, date clear but with some nearby small pitting as seen on many from this type, reverse "HALF CENT" is very strong as well as wreath some weakness on left legend while right side legend is strong. Breen 1, C- 1, Wide Date, listed by Breen as "High Rarity 4, nearly R-5," in short a hard coin to obtain in any condition. $900.00
1828, 13 Stars, AU nice surfaces, small tick on cheek but otherwise without any distracting marks a well above average coin for its grade and lovely medium brown surfaces with many hints of mint luster, Cohen 2, Breen 2-2-B, die state 2, obverse "date unevenly spaced 8 2 farther apart," reverse "High Leaf Beyond S," Breen Encyclopedia 1566, $600.00.
Half Cent 1832, Almost Uncirculated +, Breen 1, Cohen 1, red-brown with lovely glossy surface with brown areas where toning and some small flecks and a verdigris area around "Y" in Liberty's ribbon , dies crack on reverse from edge through "A" in STATES to wreath leaves to berry below second "T" in STATES thus die state III. Base of 8 shows repunching. Nice strong strike with full lettering and high edge. High Rarity 2, nearly R-3 according to Breen. It shows the famous "Accessory E" below the pair of leaves immediately below the E of STATES where its base partially shows. "The scarcest of the 1832's with rare reverse of 1831." $300.00
Half Cent, 1856, AU+, R-5 POR