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

Last Updated: 1/31/2020

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1793 1/2C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 4225 4700 7600 11500 23650 27500 36500 41000 50000 58000 61500 73500 120000 160000 395000 1100000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 70000 - - 200000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 171
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/2/2020 1793 1/2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1871623371377105151152211----171
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Total1871623371377105151252211----172
 10%4%9%13%22%8%4%4%6%3%9%1%1%3%1%1%1%1%---- 

NGC Registry

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