Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Cap Half Cents (1793-1797)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 119,215
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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1797 PLAIN EDGE 1/2C MS obverse 1797 PLAIN EDGE 1/2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The number of half cents coined with the date 1797 is not certain, one source putting the number at 127,840 pieces. Only three die marriages are known, but added to these are variations in thickness and planchet stock.

The majority of 1797 have the plain edge continued from 1796, but one variety (Cohen-3b) is thicker than normal and features a lettered edge. It's believed that these were coined using cut-down large cent planchets, and the edge lettering style differs from any used previously. Also known are coins struck on cut-down Talbot, Allum & Lee tokens that the Mint purchased due to the shortage of good copper.

A popular variety is C-1, which has a duplicate numeral 1 placed directly over the primary 1, a result of the engraver beginning his date punching too close to the bust (photos). Another popular variety is C-3a, known as the Low Head because the hubbing was performed off-center. The "a" subvariety was coined on plain edge planchets.

Since no half cent dies were created with the dates 1798 or 1799, those dated 1797 were used as late as 1800. This helps to explain the uncertainty about the number actually coined bearing the 1797 date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/11/2014

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1797 PLAIN EDGE 1/2C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 530 800 1350 2100 4300 4300 7100 8250 10350 12750 16500 - - - - - - - - - -
$ 4700 7650 9000 11100 14500 18000 - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 119
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 66


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3/15/2004 NGC G 6   Brown Teletrade Auction 1857, 1857/Lot# 1001 $352.00
9/10/2006 PCGS VF 25   Brown Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 930 $1,725.00
5/30/2010 PCGS AG 3   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1120 $210.00
7/7/2011 NGC Details F Details  Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 7044 $977.50
5/30/2012 NGC AU 53   Brown Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2013 $4,830.00
7/11/2013 PCGS VF 25   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1187/Lot# 4582 $2,115.00
12/15/2013 PCGS F 15   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 782, 791/Lot# 103 $1,625.00
7/6/2014 PCGS VG 8   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 147388 $850.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1797 PLAIN EDGE 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base230823752705388258036903709675027865825989001135412101127651540016089167991753318886271113955158589
23302485309745226169696772317623799684729718116031232213643156291632517043179842162731257458970
0000007231762379968472971811603123221364315629163251704317984216273125700
00000073667744812786861053611852125431452115859165621728818435243693540400
1797 PLAIN EDGE 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base25852657301542866345751977258157854389619642122411303113732165101723417982187545006391680134561134561
26092776343849726736758778698285868291881050812504132641465816751174831823929190639351059731345610
000000786982858682918810508125041326414658167511748318239291906393510597300
000000801384148821941511374127671349815584169921773218496396267780712026700
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