Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Cap Half Cents (1793-1797)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 35,334
Obverse Designer: Henry Voigt?
Reverse Designer: Henry Voigt?
Composition: Copper
Weight: 6.7400g
Diameter: 22mm
Edge: Lettered
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1793 1/2C MS obverse 1793 1/2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The first United States half cents were 35,334 pieces minted between July 20 and September 18, 1793. The dies are believed to have been prepared by Henry Voigt, but this remains uncertain. Half cents of this date are smaller in diameter than subsequent issues and bear a unique design adapted from the beautiful Libertas Americana medal coined in France. Liberty's bust faces left in this year alone, and the Phrygian Cap of the freedman is borne on her right shoulder. The wreath is extremely elaborate, with extensive detailing that required individual hand-punchings in the die preparation process. This type's beaded border is also unique to the 1793 coinage. In addition to the value expressed two ways on the reverse, the edge of each coin reads TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR in incused letters.

Two obverse dies were paired with three reverse dies for a total of four marriages. Few collectors seek these coins by varieties, as they are rare enough by type to present a significant collecting challenge. This is especially true of coins having smooth planchets and no damage.

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Price Guide

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1793 1/2C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 168
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66


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5/31/2004 PCGS AU 50   Brown Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 24 $17,825.00
8/13/2006 NGC MS 61   Brown Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 5017 $63,250.00
4/29/2009 PCGS VG 8   Brown Teletrade Auction 2686, 2686/Lot# 1004 $5,520.00
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1113 $1,638.00
1/30/2012 PCGS VF 30   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 658, 665/Lot# 1001 $16,675.00
7/27/2013 NGC Details VF Details  Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1413 $1,762.50
2/9/2014 PCGS XF 45   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 167862 $26,950.00
8/11/2015 PCGS   Brown Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 54 $1,880.00
1/4/2017 PCGS VG 10   Brown Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(1), 1251/Lot# 3054 $6,168.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1793 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3447354543045336592273747756820088259379991810458109971124613112156031985225842279483112800
34803798464855316406750179048408901095591009810638110801186813942170192184926544290083112800
00000079048408901095591009810638110801186813942170192184926544290083112800
00000080528617919497381027810817111631249014773184362384527246300683112800
1793 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base381739244741584764738021842888999563101501072111294118631212714098167242119127465296663298800
385341965110605669898157858591209759103401091211484119511278414973182132328228199307733298800
000000858591209759103401091211484119511278414973182132328228199307733298800
000000874293429954105311110311673120391344115849197022537428932318813298800
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