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1797 HALF CENT - COHEN 2

Rarity: Scarce

Variety Nickname: Centered Head

Variety Equivalents:
Breen 2a
Breen 2b
Breen 2c
Breen 1524
Gilbert 3

Notes:
This was the only use of the obverse die.

The reverse die of this variety was also used earlier on:
1797 Cohen 1
  

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Recent appearances:
PCGS Unc-55.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1056, illustrated, "...EAC grade EF45.", not sold

"EF-45 for sharpness."  Ex - Coin Galleries, November 16, 1983, Lot 1713 - Stack's "Marvin Taichert Collection", May 9, 2001, Lot 12, plated, sold for $1,782.50

PCGS VF-30 (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries "ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 11 at $2,070.00, where it was described as follows: "1797 Cohen-2 R3 PCGS graded Very Fine-30. Double Struck in Collar. Plain Edge.  Glossy chocolate brown with lighter brown toning on the highpoints. The only notable marks are a small nick at the base of 97 and a very light scuff down from the left base of the 1. Double struck with the offset .5 to 1.0 millimeter. The doubling is especially strong at the date, pole, and wreath. A neat mint error, and the double striking is noted on the PCGS label. EAC graded VF20."

VF-20.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2346, sold for $1,380.00

Fine 15.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 24, "Br.2a", plated, sold for $977.50

Fine-12 Burnished, Graffiti.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5022, "B-2a", not illustrated, sold for $230.00

Fine-12.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2347, sold for $747.50

Fine-12/VG-8.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 30, Breen-2A", sold for $322.00

VG8.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1057, illustrated, sold for 149.50

Good-5.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2348, sold for $195.00

AG3.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1058, not illustrated, sold for $69.00

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