PCGS Nos: 1027, 1028
1796 HALF CENT - COHEN 2
Rarity: Very Scarce
Breen 2a, Breen 1519, Breen 1520
1796 Half Cents are known on planchets made from rolled copper strips
or cut-down U.S. Large Cents, with the latter being extremely rare.
This was the only use of the obverse die.
The reverse die of this
variety was also used on:
Most examples seen of this
variety are in circulated condition, although a number of choice Mint
State examples are known.
The finest Brown example
graded by PCGS is a single MS-63 Brown.
The finest Red-Brown
examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-66 Red-Browns.
No Red examples have been
graded yet by PCGS.
Images courtesy of Ira
& Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles
MS-65 Red and Brown. Ex - "Old English collection" - Sotheby's sale of
the Gene Reale collection, January 1998, Lot 4 - John Whitney
collection - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot
23, "Br.2a...tied with two or three others for Finest Known
honors. Nearly 50% of the original mint red color...The
surfaces appear hard and smooth with some microgranularity.
Perfect die states, showing the re-punching on '9' in the date...",
plated, sold for $132,250.00
NGC MS-61 Brown. Ex - Willis Dupont - Showers collection - offered on eBay
(#2211021235) by John B. Hamrick & Co. with an opening bid of $122,200.00, a
Buy-It-Now price of $126,900.00, and a closing date of December 21, 2003
PCGS AU-55 (illustrated
& Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson
II", February 18-19, 2002, Lot 32, illustrated
NGC AU-55. Heritage
Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale",
May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7467,
PCGS AU-53. Ex - Superior
Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot
119, sold for $63,250.00 Ex England 1965-Dick Bailey-Dr. Wallace
PCGS VF-35. Ex - Superior
Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale" May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1055,
where it was described as follows: "1796 C-2 R4 VF35. With
Pole. Overstruck. Choice glossy chocolate and steel brown. No
contact marks, spots, or other defects. The planchet shows some
undertype of unknown origin on the reverse, clearest in the dentils
and field over HALF. A close examination is recommended. A choice
example of this key date in the half cent series, the undertype
being a curious bonus. Weight 82.2 grains. Removed from a PCGS slab
graded EF40 (lot includes the old green PCGS tag)."
PCGS VF-35. Ex -
Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29,
2001, Lot 1055, illustrated, not sold
Fine-20". Stack's 03/2004:3, $18,400.00
AG-3. Ex -
Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale, Orlando",
January 8, 2002, Lot 7, "B-2, C-2, Rarity-4. With Pole,"
illustrated, sold for $4,830.00
Sources and/or recommended
"American Half Cents - The 'Little Half Sisters' (Second
Edition)" by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.
Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen
"The PCGS Population Report,
July 2003" by The
Professional Coin Grading Service
Early American Coppers Club