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Obverse of 1809 Half Cent - Cohen 3     Reverse of 1809 Half Cent - Cohen 3


1809 HALF CENT - COHEN 3

Rarity: Very Common

Variety Equivalents: Breen 

Notes:
According to Ron Manley, the obverse die of this variety is surrounded by 134 denticles.

According to Ron Manley, the reverse die of this variety is surrounded by 145 denticles.

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Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
NGC MS-66 Brown (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries New York ANA Sale, August 1-3, 2002, Lot 183, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "1809. C-3 R1. NGC graded Mint State 66 Brown. Frosty medium brown and chocolate with delicate hints of bluish steel overtone and lustrous golden tan faded down from mint color in a few protected areas. No spots. The only defects are a few light contact marks at the R in LIBERTY plus a few microscopic hairlines on the cheek and neck. Nicely struck MDS, Manley state 1.0. The reverse is rotated 30 degrees CCW. EAC grade net MS60+."

Recent appearances:
Del Bland graded MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 201, "Normal date", illustrated, sold for $776.00

EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 110, "Normal Date", illustrated, sold for $195.00

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 (purchase a copy by clicking on the title)

EAC Region 8 Newsletter #244, April 22, 2001

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club