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Obverse of 1802 Half Cent - Cohen 2     Reverse of 1802 Half Cent - Cohen 2


1802 HALF CENT - COHEN 2

PCGS No: 1057

Rarity: 
Scarce

Variety Equivalents: Breen 2, Breen 1533

Notes:
The obverse die of this variety was also used on:
1802 Cohen 1

This was the only use of the reverse die.

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.  Many examples of this variety show details of a Large Cent wherever the striking pressures failed to obliterate them.

The finest Brown "1802 Rev." example graded by PCGS is a single EF-40BN.

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Recent appearances:
PCGS VF-25 (illustrated above).  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", February 22-24, 2001, Lot 5378

PCGS VF-20.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auction, Inc.'s "2001 Atlanta ANA Signature Sale", August 8-11, 2001, Lot  5132, "B-2, C-2", illustrated, sold for $4,485.00

PCGS Fine-12.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7470, illustrated, unsold

Fine-12.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 25, illustrated, sold for $575.00

Net VG-10; sharpness VF-35.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2357, sold for $632.50

VG-8.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6622, not illustrated, sold for $833.75

ANACS Fine Details, Damaged, Tooled, Net Good-6.  Heritage Numismatic Auction's "Central States Signature Sale", April 5-6, 2001, Lot 5624

Good-6.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 33, sold for $805.00

Del Bland graded Good-6.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 177, not illustrated, sold for $920.00

Good-4.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 26, not illustrated, sold for $316.25

Good-4.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5384, not illustrated, sold for $529.00 

Good-4.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 34, sold for $195.50

Good-4.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2358, sold for $661.25 

AG-3 Scratched.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6623, not illustrated, sold for $230.00

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

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

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club