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Obverse of 1826 Half Cent - Cohen 2     Reverse of 1826 Half Cent - Cohen 2


Rarity: Scarce

Variety Equivalents: Breen 2, Gilbert 2

This was the only use of the obverse die.

The reverse die of this variety was also used later on:
1828 Cohen 1

Attribution guide:
The key to telling the two 1826 Half Cent varieties apart is to look at the reverse of the coin and note the position of the leaf tip relative to the final S of STATES.  On 1826 Cohen 1, the leaf tip is right of the S; on 1826 Cohen 2, the leaf tip is centered below the S.

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Images courtesy of Bill Eckberg

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