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Obverse of 1797 Half Cent - Cohen 3a     Reverse of 1797 Half Cent - Cohen 3a


1797 HALF CENT

Mintage:
Circulation strikes:
127,840
Proofs: 0

Designer: John Smith Gardner

Diameter: 23.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 84 grains (5.44 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (all 1797 Half Cents were struck at the Philadelphia Mint)

Notes:
The finest Brown "Lettered Edge" example graded by PCGS are 2 VG-VFBN's.

An example of the Red-Brown "Lettered Edge" is recorded in the PCGS Population Report, but no grade has been attributed. 

The finest Brown "Plain Edge" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-64BN's.

An example of the Red-Brown "Plain Edge" is recorded in the PCGS Population Report, but no grade has been attributed.

The finest Brown "Grip Edge" example graded by PCGS is a single VG-VFBN.

The finest Brown "1 Above 1" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64BN.

No Red examples of any variety have been graded by PCGS.

Images courtesy of Gene Braig

Varieties (3, plus subvarieties):
Cohen 1
Cohen 2
Cohen 3

Significant examples:
See individual varieties

Recent appearances:
See individual varieties

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

"Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents 1793-1857" by Walter Breen (purchase a copy by clicking on the title)

"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club

 
 

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