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Obverse of 1802 Half Cent - Cohen 1     Reverse of 1802 Half Cent - Cohen 1


1802 HALF CENT - COHEN 1

PCGS No: 1054

Rarity: 
Very Rare

Variety Equivalents: Breen 1, Breen 1532, Gilbert 2

Notes:
All examples of this variety are overdates created when a small 2 was punched over the final 0 of a previously unused 1800 die.  It is believed that all 1802 Half Cents were struck on defective Large Cents that were rolled-out and then cut down to the appropriate size.

The obverse die of this variety was also used on:
1802 Cohen 2

The reverse die of this variety was also used earlier on:
1800 Cohen 1

The finest Brown "1800 Rev." example graded by PCGS is a single EF-40BN.

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
"Fine-12+" (illustrated above).  Ex - Stack's "Thomas L. Smith" sale, May 15, 1957, Lot 11 - Stack's "TAD Collection" sale, March 15, 1975, Lot 826 - R. Tettenhorst - Bill Weber - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 3-4, 2002, Lot 2281, where it was described as follows: "The obverse is F15 while the reverse is slightly weaker, a result of the worn-out reverse die.  The surfaces are very nice and the only notable marks are a half dozen tiny rim nicks on both sides, strongest ones at ED and the second T in STATES.  Rather glossy chocolate and steel brown.  Struck over a spoiled large cent planchet with undertype dentils at the bust tip.  The opposing area at OF AM is weak and shows some undertype from the cent strike.  The obverse is plated in the Breen book (a different reverse is pictured in Breen).  Third finest known of this very rare variety.  LDS, Manley state 2.0.  The reverse is in perfect head-to-foot orientation.  Weight 82.4 grains."

(illustrated below).  Ex - Alvord - Brobston - possibly via Robert L. Hughes - Richard Bilancia - Gene Braig

Recent appearances:
"G-6".  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 135, sold for $16,100.00 Ex Philadelphia estate-Dennis Steinmetz-Tony Terranova-Julian Leidman-Dr. Ernest J. Montgomery, Heritage 1997 ANA Sale, 8/2/97:8091-Dr. Wallace Lee.

"G-4".  Ex - Harmer Rooke, September 1980, Lot 13, sold for $2,500.00 - Howard Gursky - Jules Reiver - J.J. Teaparty (who sold it in October 1984 for $5,000 - Dr. Wallace Lee - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 136, sold for $16,675.00 - New Jersey collector

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

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

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club

Obverse of 1802 Half Cent - Cohen 1     Reverse of 1802 Half Cent - Cohen 1

Images courtesy of Gene Braig

Obverse of 1802 Half Cent - Cohen 1     Reverse of 1802 Half Cent - Cohen 1

Images courtesy of Ron Guth