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Obverse of 1826 Half Cent     Reverse of 1826 Half Cent


1826 HALF CENT

PCGS Nos: 1144, 1145

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 234,000
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 1826 Half Cents were struck at the Philadelphia Mint)

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Varieties:
Cohen 1 - Very Common
Cohen 2 - Scarce

Notes:
The finest Brown examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-65BN's.

The finest Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-64RB's.

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