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 POLE C-2 1/2C MS obverse 1796 POLE C-2 1/2C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The second of only two die marriages known for the rare 1796 half cent, this one includes the pole which supports Liberty's cap, a design element that was hand punched into each working die. In addition, numeral 9 in the date is faintly doubled. The central device of Liberty's bust and cap were either lightly impressed or diminished through lapping of the die, with the result that these features wore quite rapidly on this variety.

Like its companion No Pole variety, the With Pole marriage is also quite scarce, but it is the one more often seen. The number of collectors seeking both varieties is rather small, so the value of this coin is determined more by date collectors.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/26/2020

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1796 POLE 1/2C C-2 MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 18200 27000 38000 62000 78500 102500 115000 135000 205000 - 215000 - 250000 375000 - - - - - -
1796 POLE 1/2C C-2 MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 475000 580000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 530000 800000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 22
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
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: 5/26/2020 1796 POLE 1/2C C-2 MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base6-1-3----11-1-2--2----17
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Total6-1-3----11-1-2--2----17
 35%-6%-18%----6%6%-6%-12%--12%---- 
1796 POLE 1/2C C-2 MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1-31----5
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Total--------------1-31----5
 --------------20%-60%20%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1796 POLE 1/2C C-2 MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6886701475438559101351129411754123781275713281140621475115715170271772318505193032145525989000
6929719078829084105211144711962125041293213541142921507216152172591798418771200202296625989000
00000011962125041293213541142921507216152172591798418771200202296625989000
00000012170126311310613802145211539416590174911824419037207382447825989000
1796 POLE 1/2C C-2 MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7501763882009280109521217812664133231372314277151001582616842183552015322658242212457027465000
7547782585609837113611234012884134561390814551153421616517346189542098823179243372553527465000
00000012884134561390814551153421616517346189542098823179243372553527465000
00000013103135901409214826155841650317851195542182323700244542650027465000
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