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Obverse of 1809 Half Cent     Reverse of 1809 Half Cent


1809 HALF CENT

PCGS No: 1123, 1124

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,154,572
Proofs: None reported or known

Designer: John Reich

Diameter: 23.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 84 grains (5.45 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (all 1809 Half Cents were struck at the Philadelphia Mint)

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

The finest Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-65RB's.

The finest "1809/6" Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65BN.

The finest "1809/6" Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-63RB.

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Varieties:
Cohen 1 - Very Rare
Cohen 2 - Scarce
Cohen 3 - Very Common
Cohen 4 - Scarce
Cohen 5 - Very Common
Cohen 6 - Very Common

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