Half Cents were issued from 1793 to 1857 and are the lowest denomination coin ever issued by the United States. Liberty Cap, Facing Left Half Cents were made in 1793. Liberty Cap, Facing Right Half Cents was made from 1794 to 1797.
From 1800 to 1808 Draped Bust Half Cents were issued and Classic Head Half Cents were made from 1809 to 1836. Finally Braided Hair Half Cents were introduced in 1840 and made till 1857 when the coinage of Half Cents was permanently discontinued. All Half Cents were minted in Philadelphia and are scarce!
Plain Edge. A pleasing early half cent with a clear date and LIBERTY.
Plain Edge. C-2. Pleasing chocolate brown, smooth surfaces. The design detail on the obverse is particularly strong while the reverse has some central softness as struck.
C-1. 1 above 1. Well detailed obverse with slight softness at the center on the reverse as is typical for the variety. The surfaces are smooth and pleasing.
Reverse of 1802. A Gem for the grade with a rare problem-free light brown planchet. This is an exceptionally pleasing example of this scarce date.
Reverse of 1802. Major detail visible as well as some hair detail and detail in the drapery. HALF CENT on the reverse is often obliterated on this variety, but is mostly readable on this piece. A pleasing example of this rare date with outstanding eye appeal for the grade.
CAC. Strong detail and evenly struck with pleasing chestnut brown surfaces. Very close to XF quality.
Well detailed with pleasing medium brown color and nice surfaces.
Plain 4. No Stems. Beautiful chestnut brown with a faint red cast. The strike is even and strong while the surfaces are quite pristine. This is a very pleasing early Half Cent!
Crosslet 4, Stems. Very well detailed with nice clean surfaces.
Large 5, Stems. Strong detail with pleasing brown surfaces.
CAC. Large 6, Stems. Very attractive light reddish-brown with rich mint luster. MS-63 is a very conservative grade by PCGS!
Large 6. Stems. Shimmering mint luster with a generous amount of original red cascades off this beautiful early copper. The overall strike is quite strong although there is some softness on the reverse at 12 o'clock. The overall quality is exceptional for the grade and the eye appeal is fantastic!
C-1. Small 6, No Stems. Solid detail with beautiful light brown surfaces that show a subdued reddish hue.
CAC. C-2. Lovely problem-free, chocolate brown surfaces with very strong detail. A very scarce overdate in any grade with high grade examples being particularly rare. Only 7 have graded higher than this specimen at PCGS with none grading mint state at PCGS or NGC.
CAC. Well struck with glossy brown surfaces. Just the barest touch of 'rub' on the reverse keeps this beauty out of a mint state holder.
Sharp detail and nice clean chestnut brown surfaces.
Nice detail with problem-free chestnut brown surfaces.
CAC approved. C-1. Very well struck with lustrous chocolate brown surfaces that display a trace of original mint red. Very nice!
CAC approved. C-1. A gorgeous Gem with booming mint luster, a sharp strike, and rich red and brown luster.