Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Cap Half Cents (1793-1797)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 81,600
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 6.7400g
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1794 1/2C MS obverse 1794 1/2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Liberty Bust employed for 1793 half cents was replaced for 1794 with one that conformed more closely to the current cents. Robert Scot prepared hubs based upon Josesph Wright's design with Liberty facing right, and there were two basic types: the Normal Head and the High Relief Head. Two types of wreath were employed, as well, but these are seldom noted by catalogers or sought by collectors.

The wreath was greatly simplified from that utilized in 1793 to reduce the engraver's workload. Its main features were hubbed into each working die, with only minor touch-ups to the leaves and berries being necessary. As before, all lettering and numerals were hand-punched into each.

There are nine die marriages known for this date, with Cohen varieties C-1 through C-6 each found with either large or small edge letters. These six marriages all feature the Normal Head, while the three High-Relief Head varieties have uniformly small edge lettering.

The half cents of 1794 may be lumped together by type collectors with those of 1795-97, but their features are distinctive enough that an advanced collector will want to own examples of each subtype.

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Last Updated: 2/7/2017

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1794 1/2C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 725 1100 2000 2450 5450 9750 10750 14000 17750 21500 24000 31000 62500 77500 155000 300000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 90000 - - - -
1794 1/2C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 525000 - 1450000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 205
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66


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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1794 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1333139317532401269940954485506052335836647368867317796010226107881376218723251033612300
1353151319692500316442254677511854346048661170307531871510413117791541620850287763612300
0000004677511854346048661170307531871510413117791541620850287763612300
0000004868517556356261674871737746947110601127711706922976324503612300
1794 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1521158319812685300945164935555157366381706175017960864411047139142044321253272143819800
1542171622162793351146565140561359516608720876548188944512003160902071323240308753819800
0000005140561359516608720876548188944512003160902071323240308753819800
00000053465674616668347354780784161024612958182672098325227345373819800
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