Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head Half Cents (1809-1836)
Mint: Philadelphia
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1811 RESTRIKE 1/2C PF obverse 1811 RESTRIKE 1/2C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The scarcity of this date prompted a 19th Century restrike produced privately from discarded U. S. Mint dies that had become rusted. The salvaged obverse of 1811 C-2 was paired with the reverse die of 1802 C-2, and this concoction is easily spotted for what it is, though many collectors have embraced it as a whimsical supplement to the half cent series.

Walter Breen estimated that about a dozen of these pieces were likely made in the 1850s. The dies later turned up in the estate of famed collector Joseph Mickley, but it's not known for certain whether he was the person responsible for the restrikes. Nevertheless, they are known today as Mickley Restrikes.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66


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