1804 HALF CENT - COHEN 3
Rarity: Extremely Rare
The 1804 Cohen 3 is actually an early die state of the "Spiked
Chin" die, before the damage to the die occurred that created the
This variety was discovered
by Walter Breen in 1853. Roger Cohen listed the variety in his First
Edition of "American Half Cents - The 'Little Half Sisters'
(1971). After discovering that this was an early, undamaged state of
the dies, Cohen delisted the variety in his 1982 Second Edition.
In 1982, Cohen knew of three
examples. In 1983, Breen listed only two examples. A few more
examples have been discovered since, most notably the EAC 2004 coin (which
sold for slightly over $10,000) and an unattributed example that appeared
later in 2004.
Images courtesy of Ed
NGC F-12 Brown (illustrated
above). Teletrade "Auction 1919" 2004:1001 (unattributed), sold for
$198.00 - Ed Fuhrman.
EAC 1995:109 - Bill Weber - Midwest collection. Plated in Manley.
Details of F-15, but scratched and cleaned (per Furhman).
Good". Walter Breen - "California
collector". The discovery coin. Plated in Breen.
EAC 2004 - Ron Manley
Wingo collection (per Manley) - RB (per Fuhrman)
"American Half Cents - The 'Little Half Sisters' (Second
Edition)" by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.
"The Half Cent
Die State Book 1793-1857" by Ronald P. Manley, Ph.D., pages
Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents 1793-1857" by Walter
"Discovery of an
Unatributed 1804 C-3 'Spikeless Chin'" by Ed Fuhrman, PENNY-WISE,
November 2004, pages 310-311
Early American Coppers Club