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Obverse of 1803 Half Cent     Reverse of 1803 Half Cent


1803 HALF CENT

PCGS Nos: 1060, 1061

Mintage:

Circulation strikes:
92,000
Proofs: None

Designer: Robert Scot

Diameter: 23.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 84 grains (5.44 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (all 1803 Half Cents were struck at the Philadelphia Mint)

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Varieties:
Cohen 1 - Very Common
Cohen 2 - Very Scarce
Cohen 3 - Very Common
Cohen 4 - Scarce

Notes:
The finest Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64BN.

The finest Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64RB.

No Red examples have been graded by PCGS.

Significant examples:
See individual varieties

Recent appearances:
See individual varieties

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"American Half Cents - The 'Little Half Sisters' (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, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club