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Obverse of 1809 Half Cent - Cohen 5     Reverse of 1809 Half Cent - Cohen 5


Rarity: Very Common

Variety Equivalents: Breen 

According to Ron Manley, the obverse die of this variety is surrounded by 129 denticles.

According to Ron Manley, the reverse die of this variety is surrounded by 123 denticles.

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Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
ANACS AU-58 (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries New York ANA Sale, August 1-3, 2002, Lot 184, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "1809, 9 over 6. C-5 R1. ANACS graded About Uncirculated 58. Choice frosty dark chocolate and steel brown with frosty golden light brown faded down from mint color in protected areas of the reverse. The only mark is a microscopic hairline at TE in UNITED. Nicely struck LDS, Manley state 3.0. The overdate is still visible. A choice example, just the barest hint of friction on the highest points from mint state. EAC grade consistent with the slab grade."

Recent appearances:
Del Bland graded AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 202, "9/6", illustrated, sold for $604.00

ANACS AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6555, "B-5, 1809/6", not illustrated, sold for $195.50

EF40.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1075, not illustrated, sold for $138.00

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