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1796 Half Cent No Pole NGC Fair Details Key Date C-1 R.6 Decent Eye Appeal
1796 Half Cent No Pole NGC Fair Details Key Date C-1 R.6 Decent Eye Appeal
SKU: PSB37242

This 1796 Half Cent No Pole has decent eye appeal. A legitimately RARE coin. 1st I've owned in 40 years of business! Obverse looks Good - Reverse not so much. Certified: NGC Fair Details

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1804 Half Cent Plain '4' With Stems NGC Fine Details C-11 R.3 Nice Eye Appeal
1804 Half Cent Plain '4' With Stems NGC Fine Details C-11 R.3 Nice Eye Appeal
SKU: PSB39686

This wonderfully original 1804 Half Cent Plain '4' With Stems has nice eye appeal and nice strike. Great color and surfaces except for two marks on Liberty's lips. Better variety. Certified: NGC Fine Details C-11 R.3

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Learn More About U.S. Half Cents (1793-1857)

The history of the U.S. half-cent dates back to the post-Revolutionary era as one of the original coins authorized by the Coinage Act of 1792. The half-cent coin, or half-penny, is the smallest denomination of U.S. coin ever minted with a value of one two-hundredth of a dollar. Just slightly smaller than a modern U.S. quarter, the half-cent was minted in copper and had five different designs. Each design depicted variations of Lady Liberty on the front and a wreath on the back.

Designs:

  • Liberty Cap, Head Facing Left (1793) – Features Phrygian cap on a pole. Designed and engraved by Adam Eckfeldt, after sketches by David Rittenhouse.
  • Liberty Cap, Head Facing Right (1794-1797) No pole. Different iterations designed and engraved by Robert Scot (1794) and John Smith Gardner (1795-1797).
  • Draped Bust, Head Facing Right (1800-1808) – Features ribbon in hair. Designed and engraved by Robert Scot, after Gilbert Stuart.
  • Classic Head, Head Facing Left (1809-1836) – Features a more Roman statue looking appearance with the word “LIBERTY” adorned on a hair ribbon. Different iterations designed and engraved by John Reich (1809-29) and William Kneass (1831-1836).
  • Coronet Head, Head Facing Left (1840-1857) – Features braided hair and “LIBERTY” ribbon. Designed and engraved by Christian Gobrecht.

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