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Obverse of 1832 Half Cent - Cohen 1     Reverse of 1832 Half Cent - Cohen 1


PCGS Nos: 1159, 1160, 1195, 1196


Circulation strikes: 51,000
Proofs: estimated 25

Designer: John Reich

Diameter: 23.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 84 grains (5.45 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (all 1832 Half Cents were struck at the Philadelphia Mint)

Images courtesy of Bill Eckberg

Varieties (3):
Cohen 1 - Common
Cohen 2 - Very Common
Cohen 3 - Very Common

The finest Uncirculated Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66BN.

The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65RB's.

The finest Proof Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-64BN.

The finest Proof Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65RB.

Significant examples:
See individual varieties

Recent appearances:
Very Choice Brilliant Proof 64, a virtual Gem.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 40, "Br. 2, R-7.", illustrated, unsold  Here is a rarity of the first magnitude, whose appearance offers an historic opportunity for today's Early Copper specialists as well as general collectors of U.S. coinage.  With ANACS certificate as PF 63/65.

Proof 63.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 39, illustrated, sold for $8,625.00 "Br. 1, R-7.  A proof striking of the 'Accessory E' variety, so-named for the 'E' misplaced in the upper-most leaves of the reverse.  Breen traces possibly five proofs in his Half Cent Encyclopedia.  Whether the present specimen is one of those proofs is unclear.  Extremely rare!

PCGS MS-64 Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auction's "Central States Signature Sale", April 5-6, 2001, Lot 5635

MS-60.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 47, "Breen-2", sold for $276.00

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