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1854 HALF CENT - COHEN 1

Variety Nickname:
None

Rarity: Common

Variety Equivalents: Breen 1

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Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-64 Red and Brown (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4299, where it was described as follows: "1854 1/2C Cohen-1 Breen 1-B Rarity 6- NGC Proof-64 RB. Mint red toning down to bluish steel, about a third of the red remaining on the obverse, less on the reverse. There are some tiny specks of dark toning scattered about the obverse, the only notable one joining the bases of the 8 & 5 in the date. The fields are nicely reflective. Variety with the rust lump on the I in UNITED, and the lump is strong on this example. EAC graded Proof-62."

PCI Proof-63, Cleaned.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 235, illustrated, sold for $2,185.00

NGC MS-65 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6559, illustrated, sold for $3,680.00

ANACS MS-63 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7478, not illustrated, sold for $529.00

NGC MS-63 Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6558, not illustrated, sold for $230.00

MS-63.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 49, not illustrated, sold for $172.50

Del Bland MS-61.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 134, illustrated, sold for $195.00

Mint State sharpness, cleaned, retoned.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 236, illustrated, sold for $805.00

AU58.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1090, illustrated, sold for $184.00

Sources and/or 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

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club