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: 12/16/2015

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1793 1/2C MS Brown
Base $ 4250 6550 11000 14750 24500 31500 37500 45000 53500 74000 82000 123500 191000 425000 1100000 - - - -
$ 27500 39500 42000 49000 65000 80000 90000 125000 200000 500000 - - -

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

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11/15/2001 PCGS AU 50   Brown Heritage Auctions 2001 November Santa Clara Signature Sale #275, 275/Lot# 5009 $14,375.00
5/3/2006 PCGS G 4   Brown Teletrade Auction 2199, 2199/Lot# 1000 $2,760.00
5/24/2009 PCGS VF 35   Brown Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 74 $10,465.00
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1113 $1,638.00
1/30/2012 PCGS VF 30   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 658, 665/Lot# 1001 $16,675.00
10/17/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 365 $2,115.00
1/1/2013 PCGS AU 58   Brown Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 13103 $55,812.50
3/28/2014 NGC VF 20   Brown Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5001 $3,760.00
7/6/2014 NGC Details AG Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 158904 $1,250.00
10/28/2015 NGC AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions Missouri Curio Cabinet Half Cent Collection Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131599/Lot# 29002 $6,462.50

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: 6089
Owner: BillJones
Grade: VF 30 BN
Points: 6089
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