Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Cap Half Cents (1793-1797)
Mint: Philadelphia
Catalog: KM-14
Obverse Designer: John Smith Gardner?
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.44 Grams
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1796 POLE C-2 1/2C MS obverse 1796 POLE C-2 1/2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The second of only two die marriages known for the rare 1796 half cent, this one includes the pole which supports Liberty's cap, a design element that was hand punched into each working die. In addition, numeral 9 in the date is faintly doubled. The central device of Liberty's bust and cap were either lightly impressed or diminished through lapping of the die, with the result that these features wore quite rapidly on this variety.

Like its companion No Pole variety, the With Pole marriage is also quite scarce, but it is the one more often seen. The number of collectors seeking both varieties is rather small, so the value of this coin is determined more by date collectors.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/11/2014

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1796 POLE C-2 1/2C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 21500 26000 36500 58500 80000 80000 105000 115000 130000 155000 - - - - 375000 - - - - - -
$ 86000 115000 125000 145000 - - - - - 410000 - - - -
1796 POLE C-2 1/2C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 900000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 22
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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2/22/2013 PCGS   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 2002 $22,325.00
4/24/2013 PCGS Genuine VG   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1184/Lot# 1050 $11,162.50
8/8/2013 PCGS XF 40   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(5), 1188/Lot# 5506 $76,375.00
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 37 $718,750.00
1/26/2014 PCGS   Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 38 $39,100.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1796 POLE C-2 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base352555635836682085159234941595881059911172119281237812571127571311213762147512139325898319074002951155
42045654616473858754929494729925107901142412078124421263312875133281409116965228942790134614437370
0000009472992510790114241207812442126331287513328140911696522894279013461400
00000095301026210981116761222812506126951299313545144211917924396299043732100
1796 POLE C-2 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base39026089638174319234999710188103721144212049128481332313527137231409814784158262280527523338024226653835
46316186673180329488100601024910728116441231513006133911359213848143261513118152243772961636623461220
000000102491072811644123151300613391135921384814326151311815224377296163662300
000000103101108511846125811316413459136571397314555154782047825950317093944400
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