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Obverse of 1811 Half Cent - Cohen 1 with 4 star break     Reverse of 1811 Half Cent - Cohen 1 with 4 star break


1811 HALF CENT - COHEN 1

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:
1811 Cohen 2

The terminal state of the obverse die shows a heavy rim cud affecting the first four stars (see illustration above).  These latest states are extremely rare.

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Images courtesy of Gene Braig

Significant examples:
(illustrated above).  Ex - Pittsburgh ANA, August 1989 - Stack's (over the counter) - Gene Braig

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 282, sold for $9,200.00 Ex Richard Picker-Lester Merkin 9/68:74-unknown-Auction '85 (Stack's), lot 1510-Dr. Wallace Lee. 

Recent appearances:
Net Fine-15, sharpness of VF-25.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2387, "B-1, wide date" sold for $276.00

Fine-12, sharpness of VF-25.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale, Orlando", January 8, 2002, Lot 11, "B-1, C-1, Rarity 4, wide date. From the Dr. Roy Sturgeon Collection. Purchased from Christopher Young (Chesapeake Bay Rare Coins). Earlier, from the collection of Thomas Katman," illustrated, sold for $2,185.00

VG-8 Corroded.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5390, "B-1", not plated, sold for $138.00

"G-4".  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 281, sold for $10,350.00 Ex William D. Easley-Bowers & Merena 9/14/92:70-Dr. Wallace Lee. 

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)

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club

Obverse of 1811 Half Cent - Cohen 1     Reverse of 1811 Half Cent - Cohen 1

Images courtesy of Gene Braig