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1797 HALF CENT - COHEN 1

PCGS No: 1042

Rarity: 
Common

Variety Nickname: "1 over 1"

Notes:
This was the only use of the obverse die.  Initially, the 1 of the date was punched too high, then punched in the proper position.

The reverse die of this variety was also used earlier on:
1797 Cohen 2


  

Images courtesy of Bill Eckberg

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 120, sold for $9,775.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 125, sold for $9,775.00

(illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Stamp & Coin's "Pre-Long Beach Sale", February 7-8, 2000

NGC EF-40.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 123, sold for $7,475.00  Ex Thomas L. Elder- Willard
C. Blaisdell 9/15/76-R. E. Naftzger, Jr. 10/8/76-W. K. Raymond-Roger S. Cohen, Jr., Superior 2/2/92:73-Dr. Wallace Lee.  

"F-15".  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 124, sold for $9,775.00 Ex F. C. C. Boyd 1957-New Netherlands Coin Co. (privately)-John J. Ford, Jr.- Stack's 6/12/96:143-Mickey Arconti (via Jim McGuigan)-Dr. Wallace Lee. 

Fine-15.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5383, "1 over 1, B-1", not plated, sold for $575.00

Fine-12.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2345, sold for $483.00

Del Bland graded VG-8.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 172, illustrated, sold for $632.00

Very Good-7.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 1068, illustrated, not sold, where it was described as: "Struck over Talbot Allum & Lee Cent. Nice glossy medium brown and chocolate with a small splash of reddish brown toning on the L in LIBERTY and a smaller one on the head. The misplaced 1 above the normal 1 is clear. Later die state with heavy swelling severely weakening ERTY, but the cracks at the neck are not yet fully developed. Traces of the Talbot Allum & Lee cent undertype are clearly visible under the date and to the left."

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