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Obverse of 1835 Half Cent - Cohen 1     Reverse of 1835 Half Cent - Cohen 1


Rarity: Common

Variety Equivalents: Breen 1, Breen 1575

The obverse die of this variety was also used on:
1835 Cohen 2

The reverse die of this variety was also used earlier on:
1833 Cohen 1 
1834 Cohen 1

The easiest way to tell the two 1835 varieties apart is to look at the letters "ST" of STATES.  On this variety, the letters are farther apart than they appear on 1835 Cohen 2.

Die States:
Early die states of this variety show a trace of repunching at the right base of the 8 in the date which disappears as the die wears.  All examples of this variety exhibit obverse clash marks.  Die state evidence indicates that this variety was struck after the 1835 Cohen 2.

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The coin illustrated above was graded MS-64 Red by the Professional Coin Grading Service

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-65 Red.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2400, "B-1, C-1"  sold for $4,370.00

PCGS MS-64 Red.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 315, sold for $5,462.50 Ex Dr. Wallace Lee. 

PCGS MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5846, "B-1, C-1", not plated, sold for $546.25

Del Bland graded MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 222, not illustrated, sold for$ 1,725.00

MS-62 Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5033, "B-1, C-1, R-1", not illustrated, sold for $230.00

MS60+.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1083, illustrated, sold for $373.75

Sources and/or recommended reading:
Roger S. Cohen, Jr., American Half Cents - "The Little Half Sisters", second edition, 1982, p. 95.

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

Ronald P. Manley, "Emission Sequence Of The 1835-Dated Half Cents", Penny-Wise, Vol. XXXIV, No. 2, March 15, 2000, p. 63.

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club