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Obverse of 1842 Half Cent - First Restrike     Reverse of 1842 Half Cent - First Restrike


1842 HALF CENT -
FIRST RESTRIKE

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Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
"Proof-64" (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries New York ANA Sale, August 1-3, 2002, Lot 193, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "1842. First Restrike. Rarity-6+. Proof 64. Bluish steel brown with underlying faded mint color on both sides. The fields are highly reflective and very attractive. The best identifying marks are a speck of carbon in the dentils right of star 13 and a shallow void in the planchet at the dentil roots under star 1, as struck. Another choice proof half cent from this old-time collection. Weight 78.3 grains.  Ex E. A. Maust 1920-A. Maust (son)."

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

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club