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Obverse of 1806 Half Cent - Cohen 2     Reverse of 1806 Half Cent - Cohen 2


1806 HALF CENT - COHEN 2

PCGS Nos: 1096, 1097

Rarity:
 Very Scarce

Variety Equivalents: Breen 1, Gilbert 2

Notes:
This was the only use of the obverse die.

The reverse die for this variety was also used on:
1806 Cohen 3

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Recent appearances:
"AU-50".  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 239, sold for $8,625.00 Ex Lester Bernstein-Stack's 4/30/86:37-Dr. Wallace Lee.

NGC EF-45 Brown.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 94, "Small 6, Stems, C-2, B-1, Rarity-4", illustrated, sold for $2,185.00

PCGS VF-20.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 95, "Small 6, Stems, C-2, B-1, Rarity-4", illustrated, sold for $747.50VG-8 (illustrated above).  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 78, where it was described as follows: "1806 C-2 R4 VG8 Small 6 with Stems Nice glossy medium steel brown with chocolate brown toning in the protected areas. The planchet is smooth except for two small spots of minor roughness at AM, and there are no notable contact marks. MDS, Manley state 2.0. A decent example for the grade, especially for a variety that usually comes with serious planchet problems."

VG-8 (illustrated above).  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 78, where it was described as follows: "1806 C-2 R4 VG8 Small 6 with Stems Nice glossy medium steel brown with chocolate brown toning in the protected areas. The planchet is smooth except for two small spots of minor roughness at AM, and there are no notable contact marks. MDS, Manley state 2.0. A decent example for the grade, especially for a variety that usually comes with serious planchet problems."

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, Ph.D.

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club