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1804 Half Cent Obverse     1804 Half Cent Reverse


1804 HALF CENT

Mintage:
Circulation strikes:
1,055,312
Proofs: None

Designer: Robert Scot

Diameter: 23.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 84 grains (5.44 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (all 1804 Half Cents were struck at the Philadelphia Mint)

Notes:
The finest "Plain 4, No Stem" Brown examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-65BN's.

The finest "Plain 4, No Stem" Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65RB.

The finest "Plain 4, No Stem" Red example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64RD.
     
The finest "Plain 4, Stems" Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-61BN.

The finest "Crosslet 4, Stems" Brown example graded by PCGS are 2 MS-64BN's.

The finest "Crosslet 4, No Stem" Brown example graded by PCGS are 3 MS-64BN's.

The finest "Crosslet 4, No Stem" Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64RB.

The finest "Spike Chin" Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65BN.

Images courtesy of Early American History Auctions

Varieties:
Cohen 1 - Scarce
Cohen 2 - Very Rare
Cohen 3
Cohen 4 - Rare
Cohen 5 - Very Scarce
Cohen 6 - Common
Cohen 7 - Very Scarce
Cohen 8
Cohen 9 - Common
Cohen 10 - Very Common
Cohen 11 - Scarce
Cohen 12 - Common
Cohen 13 - Very Common

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-62 Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auction's "Central States Signature Sale", April 5-6, 2001, Lot 5626, "B-10, Plain 4, No Stems"

NGC MS-61 Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auction's "Central States Signature Sale", April 5-6, 2001, Lot 5625, "B-10, Plain 4, No Stems" Ex- Walter Childs Collection (Bowers and Merena 8/99), part of lot 23, from the Richard Weiss Collection

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2363, "B-6, Spiked Chin" sold for $747.50

Choice AU-55.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 26, "Breen-9, Crosslet 4, Stems", plated, sold for $575.00  Purchased privately from Herbert Tobias on October 16, 1965

EF-40.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 36, "Breen-12, Plain 4, Stems" at $253.00

Fine-15.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2374, "B-9, Crosslet 4, Stems, Double Struck" sold for $747.50

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

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

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club

 
 

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