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


Rarity: Very Common

Variety Equivalents: Breen 

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