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Obverse of 1793 Half Cent - Cohen 3     Reverse of 1793 Half Cent - Cohen 3


Rarity: Scarce

Variety Equivalents:
Gilbert 1, Breen 3

The obverse die of this variety was also used on:
1793 Cohen 4

The reverse die of this variety was also used on:
1793 Cohen 2


Images courtesy of Ron Guth

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-62 Brown (illustrated above).  Ex - Clapp estate, sold in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. - Auctions by Bowers and Merena, Inc.'s sale of the Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. collection, May 20-22, 1996, Lot 394, plated, "MS-62, brown...Possibly the example from the Chapman brothers' sale of the M.A. Brown collection, April 1897, recorded in the Clapp notebook.  Another possibility is the Richard B. Winsor specimen listed in Breen's Census but not seen since early this century." - Jim McGuigan

NGC MS-61 Brown.  Ex - Stack's 65th Anniversary Sale, October 17-19, 2000, Lot 20, unsold

Recent appearances:
PCGS VF-35.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 62, sold for $9,775.00 Ex Dr. George Hetrich Bowers & Ruddy 1/82:241- Dr. Wallace Lee.  

VF-25.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 1058, illustrated, not sold

PCGS VF-20.  Ex - William Walser collection - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 12, "...VG-10, sharpness of F-12, light roughness..." illustrated, sold for $4,730.00

Net VF-20, sharpness of VF-35, Tooled, Whizzed, Recolored.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 1323, illustrated, sold for $4,140.00  From the sale of the Rogers M. Fred, Jr. and Peter A. Wand, M.D. Collections, November 1995, Lot 3066

Del Bland VG-7.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 156, illustrated, sold for $2,645.00  Ex Celina Coin M.B.S. #12, 1885 at $40.

Good-6, dark and lightly granular.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 1059, illustrated, sold for $575.00

Good 6 Corroded.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5376, "B-3, C-3", not plated, sold for $948.75

AG-3 Corroded.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6619, not illustrated, sold for $546.25

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"American Half Cents - The 'Little Half Sisters' (Second Edition)" by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.

"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club