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
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1796 NO POLE C-1 1/2C MS obverse 1796 NO POLE C-1 1/2C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

All 1796-dated half cents are presumed to have comprised the October 1796 delivery of 1,390 pieces. This is the rarest date among early half cents and the key to this series.

Two die marriages are known from two obverses and a shared reverse. The rarer of the two varieties is the No Pole half cent on which the pole supporting Liberty's cap is not visible. Unlike the similar 1795 variety, where the pole was polished off of the die, it appears that the engraver simply omitted this feature on the 1796 die. This obverse is always seen with a bisecting die crack, and such an obvious die failure is what likely led to early retirement of this die and the rarity of this marriage.

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1796 NO POLE C-1 1/2C MS Brown
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 62


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2/11/2000 PCGS F 15   Brown Heritage Auctions 2000 February Long Beach Sale #222, 222/Lot# 5281 $47,150.00
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1/26/2014 PCGS MS 65   Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 36 $891,250.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1796 NO POLE C-1 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base44315922661680589046991810599111971184612239127791311213914146191525216553235062873635762453305854077033
49286153709683879336101451079811413119771241912890133791414914830156851887025249310783895149733647040
000000107981141311977124191289013379141491483015685188702524931078389514973300
000000109971162912108125991300113646143841504116119211882699233420421405413600
1796 NO POLE C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base487664737213874897971072111442120751276113176137461409814944156871635317723250203049037822477826150080655
540867197724909710105109611165312303128991336613863143801519115909168092015526843329344114252354678850
000000116531230312899133661386314380151911590916809201552684332934411425235400
000000118641253213037135561398014662154391613117266225872866635378444625692700
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