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Obverse of 1804 Half Cent - Cohen 2     Reverse of 1804 Half Cent - Cohen 2


Rarity: Very Rare

Variety Equivalents: Breen 3

The obverse die of this variety was also used earlier on:
1804 Cohen 4

The latest die states show a heavy rim cud over RTY.

The reverse die of this variety was also used on:
1803 Cohen 3, then later on
1804 Cohen 1

Images courtesy of Gene Braig

Significant examples:
"G-4".  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 162, sold for $16,100.00 Ex Dr. Wallace Lee. 

Recent appearances:
"Good" (illustrated above).  Ex - Sam Ungar - Roger S. Cohen, Jr. - Superior Galleries "The Roger S. Cohen, Jr. Collection of Half Cents", February 2, 1992, Lot 141, illustrated, where it was called the "Finest Known 1804 Cohen-2 With The Obverse Rim Break - Gene Braig.  This is the plate coin for Die State 3.0 in Ronald P. Manley's "The Half Cent Die State Book 1793-1857"

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 Half Cent Die State Book 1793-1857" by Ronald P. Manley

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club