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Obverse of 1803 Half Cent - Cohen 1     Reverse of 1803 Half Cent - Cohen 1


Rarity: Very Common

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Recent appearances:
"MS-60" (removed from a PCGS MS-62 Brown holder).  Ex - Jim McGuigan - Stack's, February 1992, Lot 439 - Dr. Bob Shalowitz - Rick Coleman (who sold it on August 1, 1998 for $6,000.00) - Dr. Wallace Lee - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 141, sold for $6,325.00 - New Jersey collector.

VF-35 (illustrated above).  McCawley & Grellman Auctions, Inc., January 8, 1994, Lot 40 - George Trostel - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 54, where it was described as follows: "1803 C-1 R1 VF35 Nice glossy golden light to medium brown with a few tiny specks of darker chocolate toning on both sides and frosty mint luster in protected areas. There are a few small nicks under TY in LIBERTY plus a struck-through line (from a piece of thread or wire on the die, as struck) meandering from the earlobe to the rim right of the Y. LDS, Manley state 3.0, with small but clear rim cud breaks opposite the neck and bust tip and another one between the two die cracks over the M in AMERICA. These rim cuds are undoubtedly rare as they are not mentioned in the Breen or Manley references."

Del Bland graded VF-20.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 179, not illustrated, sold for $299.00

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