Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Cap Half Cents (1793-1797)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 35,334
Catalog: KM-10
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: 3/17/2016

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1793 1/2C MS Brown
Base $ 4250 6550 10850 14000 24500 32500 39700 47000 55000 64000 74000 79000 125000 215000 475000 1200000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 385000 - - - -

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Total Graded: 166
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66

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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1793 1/2C MS Brown
1793 1/2C MS Red Brown
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Grade: VF 35 BN
Points: 5922
Owner: BillJones
Grade: VF 30 BN
Points: 5922
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