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1832 HALF CENT - COHEN 1

Rarity:
 Common

Images courtesy of Bill Eckberg

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ricky Gross (sold as part of the "Baltimore Collection" on February 14, 1983, priced at $1,550.00) - Dr. Wallace Lee - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 303, sold for $1,725.00 - New Jersey collector

PCGS graded MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 627, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Cohen-1 Clean surfaces and with mostly brown toning on both sides. The color is a bit mottled, but hints of red are present in the fields too. There is a small speck on Liberty's cheek, and a couple of hairlines on her face.", sold for $719.00

NGC graded MS-64 Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 628, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Cohen-1, Rarity-3 Here is a beauty that boasts medium chocolate brown color and clean surfaces. There is one tiny tick below the U of UNITED, and a small green speck below the ninth star. This is the "accessory" E variety, with the mispunched "E" in the wreath below the E of STATES. You can clearly see the lower left serif protruding from the wreath just above the point of the A in HALF. A popular die blunder that was discovered some years ago by the legendary Jules Reiver. The reverse die break is present through the A of STATES.", sold for $483.00

PCGS graded MS-62 Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 629, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Cohen-1, Rarity-2 A nice example of this variety, there is a tiny mark on Liberty's face, and on the reverse there is a toned area on the right side. Satiny and choice.", sold for $207.00

PCGS MS-62 Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 120, "C-1, Accessory E", illustrated, sold for $207.00

NGC graded MS-62 Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 630, not illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Cohen-1 Hints of red in the fields near the devices but there is some minor verdigris (aka dirt) in the lettering. Smooth brown luster and pleasing. This is the accessory "E" variety with the serif of an extra E hanging down in from the wreath below the E of STATES.", sold for $345.00

PCGS graded MS-62 Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 631, not illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Cohen-1 This one has streaky brown toning and some minor spots. Well struck, with the accessory E on the reverse.", sold for $310.00

PCGS graded AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 632, not illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Cohen-1, Rarity-2 Choice chocolate brown in color, with delightful surfaces that show scarcely any contact. One minor dark spot below the date, another on the twelfth star.", sold for $218.00

PCGS graded AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 633, not illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Cohen-1, Rarity-2 Choice chocolate brown in color, with an area of greenish tones on the left side of the reverse. A few minor dark toning areas. Clean for the grade.", sold for $218.00

ANACS graded AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 634, not illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Cohen-1 Some raised specks on the reverse, cleaner on the obverse. Later die state with the crack through the A of STATES.", sold for $103.00

VF-30.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 635, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Cohen-1, Rarity-2 An important coin with an illustrious pedigree, this is from the Roger S. Cohen collection and is plated obverse and reverse in his reference work on the Half Cent series. Purchased from that sale and this includes the original auction flip from the Cohen sale as well as a paper envelope which may have been Roger Cohen's. Nice surfaces, and identifiable by a small rim mark by the sixth star, and a spot over the F and a small scrape over the A of HALF. Don't miss it this time around. From Superior Galleries Roger S. Cohen Sale, 2/2/92: 331.", sold for $63.00

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)

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club