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 Obverse of 1834 Half Cent - Cohen 1     Reverse of 1834 Half Cent - Cohen 1


Rarity: Very Common

Variety Equivalents: Breen 

This was the only variety of the year.

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Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
NGC Proof-66 Red and Brown.  Ex - King of Siam Set

Recent appearances:
MS-60+ (illustrated above).  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 99, where it was described as follows: "1834 C-1 R1 MS60+ Attractive light steel brown with bluish steel overtones and traces of faded mint red on both sides. The surfaces are smooth and lustrous. A couple very faint hairlines on the upper neck and jaw are the only marks. Sharp EDS, Manley state 1.0, with smooth, hard fields and no clashmarks on either side."

MS-60 Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5032, "B-1, C-1, R-1", not illustrated, sold for $143.75

Sources and recommended reading:
"American Half Cents - The 'Little Half Sisters' (Second Edition)" by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.

"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"NGC Slabs Siam Set," Numismatic News, July 17, 2001, page 56

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club

1834 Half Cent - Cohen 1 Obverse      1834 Half Cent - Cohen 1 Reverse
Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions