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1793 HALF CENT

PCGS No: 1000, 1001

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 35,334
Proofs: 0

Designer: undetermined; possible candidates include Joseph Wright or Adam Eckfeldt

Diameter: 22 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 104 grains (6.74 grams)

Edge: Lettered ("TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR")

Mintmark: None (all 1793 Half Cents were struck at the Philadelphia Mint)
   

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Varieties (4):
Cohen 1 - Scarce
Cohen 2 - Scarce
Cohen 3 - Scarce
Cohen 4 - Scarce
Baker 27 - Washington Head Half Cent

Notes:
The finest Brown 1793 Half Cents graded by PCGS  are 2 MS-65BN's.

The finest Red-Brown 1793 Half Cent graded by PCGS is a single MS-63RB.

Recent appearances:
AU-50.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 2, plated, sold for $27,600.00  Purchased privately from Abner Kreisberg on April 29, 1969; according to Kreisberg from a dealer who had bought it in England

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

"Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents 1793-1857" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, April 2004" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club