Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Cap Half Cents (1793-1797)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 81,600
Catalog: KM-14
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 6.74 Grams
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1794 1/2C MS obverse 1794 1/2C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The Liberty Bust employed for 1793 half cents was replaced for 1794 with one that conformed more closely to the current cents. Robert Scot prepared hubs based upon Josesph Wright's design with Liberty facing right, and there were two basic types: the Normal Head (illustrated) and the High Relief Head. Two types of wreath were employed, as well, but these are seldom noted by catalogers or sought by collectors.

The wreath was greatly simplified from that utilized in 1793 to reduce the engraver's workload. Its main features were hubbed into each working die, with only minor touch-ups to the leaves and berries being necessary. As before, all lettering and numerals were hand-punched into each.

There are nine die marriages known for this date, with Cohen varieties C-1 through C-6 each found with either large or small edge letters. These six marriages all feature the Normal Head, while the three High-Relief Head varieties have uniformly small edge lettering.

The half cents of 1794 may be lumped together by type collectors with those of 1795-97, but their features are distinctive enough that an advanced collector will want to own examples of each subtype.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/11/2014

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1794 1/2C MS Brown
Base $ 700 1025 1775 2600 5850 5850 9400 10100 13500 17500 23000 25000 30000 62500 75000 132500 350000 - - - -
$ 6600 10250 11100 19000 22500 25500 28000 48300 72500 80000 150000 - - -
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Total Graded: 193
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66

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1/3/2007 PCGS AU 53   Brown Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 294 $8,050.00
5/25/2008 NGC AU 50   Brown Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3595 $9,487.50
10/1/2009 NGC AU 58   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 415, 421/Lot# 5001 $7,877.50
2/28/2012 NGC VF 25   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1208 $2,070.00
4/26/2012 NGC MS 66   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 April 25-May 1 World & Ancient Coins CICF Signature Auction- Chicago Session(7), 3019/Lot# 28156 $431.25
5/30/2012 PCGS XF 40   Brown Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2004 $5,287.50
5/30/2012 NGC PR 1   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 7071 $241.50
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1/7/2013 PCGS VF 25   Brown Teletrade Auction 3412, 3412/Lot# 1018 $1,850.00
8/8/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(1), 1188/Lot# 3026 $528.75

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1794 1/2C MS Brown
1794 1/2C MS Red Brown
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