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!
VG Detail - Environmental Damage.
C-4. Plain Edge, Punctuated Date. Exceptionally nice with a smooth, problem-free light chocolate planchet. The detail is very strong for the grade with typical center weakness on the reverse which is always present on this variety. A beautiful early copper with wonderful eye appeal!
No Pole. One of the legendary rarities in American Numismatics! Just 1,390 half cents were coined in 1796. Two obverse dies were used - one with a pole to the bust of Liberty and this type without the pole. Both are rare. An estimate 115 With Pole examples are known, but fewer than 30 No Pole coins are accounted for. All known examples have a distinctive bisecting die crack on the obverse. This is a very pleasing example with exceptional detail for a VG-10. The surfaces are a medium brown and, while not perfect, are superior to most know examples with just minor granularity.
Plain Edge. Strong detail and an even strike with pleasing surfaces.
Reverse of 1802. Solid detail with much nicer surfaces than usually seen on this scarce date.
CAC. Spiked Chin. Splendid soft tan surfaces with beautiful underlying mint red. The strike is very sharp and the eye appeal is outstanding!
C-10. Crosslet 4, Stems. Vibrant luster over rich chestnut-brown surfaces. Devoid of carbon and significant abrasions with excellent eye appeal.
CAC. Crosslet 4, No Stems. Well struck with lustrous light brown surfaces that are absolutely gorgeous and have a subtle reddish hue. There are no significant marks or spots to distract from this coins' exceptional eye appeal.
Very nearly mint state with glossy chestnut brown surfaces and no obvious sign of 'rub'.
9 Over Inverted 9.
9 over inverted 9.
CAC. Well struck with beautiful chocolate brown surfaces that display a faint steel-blue hue. Outstanding for the grade!
VF Details - Environmental Damage. C-1.
Remarkably fresh blazing red luster with no significant marks and wonderful eye appeal.