Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Cap Half Cents (1793-1797)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,390
Obverse Designer: John Smith Gardner?
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1796 NO POLE C-1 1/2C MS obverse 1796 NO POLE C-1 1/2C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

All 1796-dated half cents are presumed to have comprised the October 1796 delivery of 1,390 pieces. This is the rarest date among early half cents and the key to this series.

Two die marriages are known from two obverses and a shared reverse. The rarer of the two varieties is the No Pole half cent on which the pole supporting Liberty's cap is not visible. Unlike the similar 1795 variety, where the pole was polished off of the die, it appears that the engraver simply omitted this feature on the 1796 die. This obverse is always seen with a bisecting die crack, and such an obvious die failure is what likely led to early retirement of this die and the rarity of this marriage.

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Last Updated: 2/14/2020

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1796 NO POLE 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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Base $ 45000 97000 150000 180000 225000 - - - - - - - - - 1200000 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 62

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/26/2020 1796 NO POLE 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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NGC Registry Score 1796 NO POLE 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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Base79608428991813112143471582616148163531665116842171181747018355201532221723476256932884635946000
811689251098313524148401593316216164521671516934172351776518954208412263724215267443121335946000
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1796 NO POLE 1/2C C-1 MS RB
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Base864491411072114098154001695817296175131782618026183171868719617215052366924988273093060438014000
881096681184714532159191707117368176171789318123184401899720246222262410925762284073307438014000
00000017368176171789318123184401899720246222262410925762284073307438014000
00000017441177221795918220185641930720876229482454826535295063554438014000
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