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Obverse of 1794 Half Cent - Cohen 6     Reverse of 1794 Half Cent - Cohen 6


Rarity: Very Rare

Variety Equivalents: Breen 4b, Gilbert 6

The obverse die of this variety was also used on:
1794 Cohen 3 
1794 Cohen 5

The reverse die of this variety was also used on:
1794 Cohen 7

Images courtesy of Gene Braig

Sub-varieties (2):
Cohen 6a - Small edge lettering - Very Rare
Cohen 6b - Large edge lettering - Unique

Recent appearances:
(illustrated above).  Ex - New Hampshire Numismatics, March 1988 - Gene Braig

Net VG-7 (illustrated below).  Ex - Ex: Martin Baer - 1989 ANA (Bowers and Merena), Lot 1094 as "F-15" - Chris Victor-McCawley (CVM) - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 165, illustrated, sold for $2,760.00, where it was described (in part) as follows: "1794. Cohen-6a, Breen-4b. Low Rarity-6. Del Bland graded VG-7. Sharpness of VG-10 but lightly and uniformly porous with very small erosion spots below the chin and some raised corrosion touching the top of the head. An acceptable example of this rare variety. Dark olive steel in color."

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

"The Half Cent Die State Book 1793-1857" by Ronald P. Manley

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club