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!
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.
1 Above 1. Solid detail and an even strike with pleasing medium brown 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.
9 Over Inverted 9.
9 over inverted 9.
Beautiful light chocolate brown surfaces with a steel-blue hue and vibrant mint luster. The strike is bold and there are zero carbon spots!
13 Stars. Outstanding for the grade with a glossy chocolate brown obverse and a golden-brown reverse. Wonderfully original with rich luster and no significant marks.
CAC. Well struck with beautiful chocolate brown surfaces that display a faint steel-blue hue. Outstanding for the grade!
Remarkably fresh blazing red luster with no significant marks and wonderful eye appeal.