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Liberty Cap, Facing Right, Half Cent Value 1794-97

Liberty Cap, Facing Right, Half Cent Value

Liberty Cap, Facing Right, Half Cent Value Facts:

Date – Mint Rarity:

The value of a Flowing Hair, Right Bust, Half Cent is going to be high in any grade but not as high as they could be considering the low mintage for each date. This particular series consist of four different dates and all of them begin in value from $300 to $400 in AG3. It’s actually a bargain since the mintage for 1794 is 81,600 and the mintage of 1795 is 139,690 with 1797 a little less than the 1795, but they’re still affordable when compared to other coin series with higher mintages.

The 1796 is the exception is the key date and extremely rare and valuable with a beginning value at $17,000 in AG3 (about good) but can go for more in choice AG.

Grade – Condition:

Rare and valuable in any grade and condition, but their value dramatically increases in each grade and in VF20 they’re in the thousands of dollars.

1796 Liberty Cap Half Cent Value For AG3
1796 AG3 Liberty Cap Half Cent Right

Note that when I mention a grade like G4 that means the coin is problem free – never cleaned, not pitted, or damaged in any way. If the coin has a “grainy” appearance or seems to have tiny holes, or scratches, or looks “pinkish” then it’s a problem coin and will sell for less than the values listed.

You also have three conditional factors that determine the Liberty Cap, Facing Right, Half Cent value and they are: Red (RD), RB (Red-Brown), BN (Brown). A RD coin is going to have at least 90% original luster as struck by the mint and is the most valuable condition. The luster conditions only apply to mint state coins so any circulated coin will be designated BN.

Varieties:

The varieties for this series are included in the mintage for their respective date and are more valuable than a normal date. The design was modified each year

Precious Metal Content:

Copper melt is non-factor in value got this series since the numismatic value is extremely high. The design was modified by mint employees each year and 1797 leads the pack with the most varieties and offer the best chance of finding a variety.

Here’s the complete list of Liberty Cap, Right Facing, Half Cent varieties:

1794
1795 Plain Edge, No Pole
1795 PE Punctuated Date
1795 Lettered Edge
1795 LE Punctuated Date
1796 With Pole
1796 No Pole
1797 Lettered Edge
1797 Centered Head
1797 Gripped Edge
1797 1 above 1

SPECIFICATIONS:
Designer: Robert Scot
 
Diameter: 23.5 millimeters
 
Metal content: Copper – 100%
 
Weight: 104 grains (6.74 grams)
 
Mint mark: None (all examples of this type were struck at Philadelphia)

 Liberty Cap, Facing Right, Half Cent Value By Date

Liberty Cap, Facing Left, Half Cent Value 1793

1793 Liberty Cap, Facing Left, Half Cent Value
1793 Liberty Cap, Facing Left, Half Cent Min State

Liberty Cap, Facing Left, Half Cent Value Facts:

Date – Mint Rarity:

Grade – Condition:

Note that when I mention a grade like G4 that means the coin is problem free – never cleaned, not pitted, or damaged in any way. If the coin has a “grainy” appearance or seems to have tiny holes, or scratches, or looks “pinkish” then it’s a problem coin and will sell for less than the values listed.

You also have three conditional factors that determine the Liberty Cap, Facing Left, Half Cent value and they are: Red (RD), RB (Red-Brown), BN (Brown). A RD coin is going to have at least 90% original luster as struck by the mint and is the most valuable condition. The luster conditions only apply to mint state coins so any circulated coin will be designated BN.

Varieties:

Precious Metal Content:

SPECIFICATIONS:
Designer: undetermined; possible candidates include Joseph Wright or Adam Eckfeldt
 
Diameter: 22 millimeters
 
Metal content:
Copper – 100%
 
Weight: 104 grains (6.74 grams)
 
Edge: Lettered (“TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR”)
 
Mintmark: None (all 1793 Half Cents were struck at the Philadelphia Mint)

Draped Bust Half Cent Value 1800-08

Draped Bust Half Cent Value
Mint State Draped Bust Half Cent

Draped Bust Half Cent Value Facts

Date – Mint Rarity:

Common date Draped bust Half Cent value begins at $55 and can be as high as $5,000 and the lower the mintage the more valuable. An 1800 is a common date while the 1802/0 Reverse of 1802 is a key date with a mintage of 20,266 and an average value of $60,000.

Grade – Condition:

Draped Bust Half Cents are desirable and valuable and all are worth at least $55 in G4 (Good) but it’s crucial to understand condition when it comes to these coins. Theses coins are copper and the planchets were often of poor quality so they reacted to their environment and corroded.

You also had people scratching, cleaning and damaging these coins so you will find more in problem conditions than not and these will sell for less than $40 unless they’re a low mintage date or a rare variety.

It’s a little confusing to determine the values of higher grade examples because you have some conditional factors to consider.

G4 Draped Bust Half Cent Value
G4 Draped Bust Half Cent

Note that when I mention a grade like G4 that means the coin is problem free – never cleaned, not pitted, or damaged in any way. If the coin has a “grainy” appearance or seems to have tiny holes, or scratches, or looks “pinkish” then it’s a problem coin and will sell for less than the values listed.

You also have three conditional factors that determine the value of a Draped Bust Half Cent and they are: Red (RD), RB (Red-Brown), BN (Brown). A RD coin is going to have at least 90% original luster as struck by the mint and is the most valuable condition. The luster conditions only apply to mint state coins so any circulated coin will be designated BN.

Date/Mint Mark
Mintage
G4
VF20
AU55
MS63
1800
202,908
$55
$400
$1,500
$5,000
1802/0 Reverse of 1802
20,266
$20,000
$40,000
1802/0 Reverse of 1800
Included above
$1,000
$10,000
$20,0000
1803 (Includes wide 3)
92,000
$80
$750
$1900
$4,800
1804 Plain 4, No Stems
1,055,312
$70
$190
$650
1804 Plain 4, Stems
Included above
$75
$400
$2,000
1804 Crosslet 4, Stems
Included above
$55
$150
$650
1804 Crosslet 4, No Stems
Included above
$55
$150
$650
1804 Spiked Chin
Included above
$125
$200
$750
1805 Medium 5, No Stems
814,464
$70
$200
$675
$2,000
1805 Large 5, Stems
Included above
$70
$600
$2,800
$4,025
1805 Small 5, Stemless
Included above
$1,500
$3,000
5,000
$8,337
1806 Small 6, Stems
356,000
$250
$1,650
$4,025
$6,000
1806 Small 6, No Stems
Included above
$55
$195
$632
$4,312
1806 Large 6, Stems
Included above
$55
$150
$747
$8,625
1807
476,000
$55
1808
400,000
$55
1808/7 Over date
Included above
$200

Varieties:

1802/0 Reverse of 1802
1802/0 Reverse of 1800
1804 Plain 4, No Stems
1804 Plain 4, Stems
1804 Crosslet 4, Stems
1804 Crosslet 4, No Stems
1804 Spiked Chin
1805 Small 5, No Stems
1805 Small 5, Stems
1805 Large 5, Stems
1806 Small 6, No Stems
1806 Small 6, Stems
1806 Large 6, Stems
1806 Large 6, Stems
1808/7 Over Date
Some of the above varieties don’t add much of any value but the 1805 Small 5, No Stems is worth at least $1,500 and the 1804 Spiked Chin is worth at least $125.
Specifications:
Designer: Robert Scot
Diameter: 23.5 millimeters
Metal content: Copper – 100%
Weight: 84 grains (5.44 grams)
Edge: Plain
Mint Mark: (None, minted in Philadephia)

Draped Bust Half Cent Value By Date

1800
1802/0 Reverse of 1802
1802/0 Reverse of 1800
1803
1804 Plain 4, No Stems
1804 Plain 4, Stems
1804 Crosslet 4, Stems
1804 Crosslet 4, No Stems
1804 Spiked Chin
1805 Small 5, No Stems
1805 Small 5, Stems
1805 Large 5, Stems
1806 Small 6, No Stems
1806 Small 6, Stems
1806 Large 6, Stems
Description
1806 Large 6, Stems
1807
1808
1808/7 Overdate

Classic Head Half Cent Value 1809-36

Mint State Classic Head Half Cent Value
Mint State Classic Head Half Cent

Classic Head Half Cent Value Facts:

Date – Mint Rarity:

Classic Head Half Cent value can depend on the mintage and survival rate of the date. However most dates start out at $50 in the most common low grade of good, but the 1831 is rare (only 20 known) and it’s value begins at $6,000 and the 1811 is a semi-key that starts at $500. You also have some rare restrikes in 1811 and they are worth at least $15,000 each.

Grade – Condition:

Classic Head Half Cents are worth around $50 in G4 and can be bought cheaper when found in AG3 (About Good) or if they’re damaged, cleaned or altered in any way. The higher the grade the more valuable, and Classic Head Half Cent value in the MS (mint state) grades is in the hundreds of dollars, but depending on date can be worth thousands of dollars.

Note that when I mention a grade like G4 that means the coin is problem free – never cleaned, not pitted, or damaged in any way. If the coin has a “grainy” appearance or seems to have tiny holes, or scratches, or looks “pinkish” then it’s a problem coin and will sell for less than the values listed.

You also have three conditional factors that determine the value of a Classic Head Half Cent and they are: Red (RD), RB (Red-Brown), BN (Brown). A RD coin is going to have at least 90% original luster as struck by the mint and is the most valuable condition. The luster conditions only apply to mint state coins so any circulated coin will be designated BN.

G4 Classic Head Half Cent Value
G4 Classic Head Half Cent

Varieties:

1809 with circled in 0 and  1809/6 9 over inverted 9 are the most well known varieties and they offer a slight premium over normal design coins.

Specifications:
Designer: John Reich
Diameter: 23.5 millimeters
Metal content: Copper – 100%
Weight: 84 grains (5.45 grams)
Edge: Plain
Mint Mark: (None, minted in Philadephia)

Classic Head Half Cent Value By Date

1809
1809 Circle in 0
1809/6 9 over inverted 9
1810
1811
1825
1826
1828 13 Stars
1828 12 Stars
1829
1831
1832
1833
1834
1835
1836

Braided Hair Half Cent Value 1840-47

MS (Mint State) Braided Hair Half Cent Value
Mint State, toned, Braided Hair Half Cent

Braided Hair Half Cent Value Facts:

Date – Mint Rarity:

1857 is the lowest mintage and the value starts at $50 and this is followed by the 1849 and 1850 and they are worth around $45 in the lowest grade. The proofs and proof restrikes from 1849-1850 are extremely rare and their values begin in the thousands for all dates, and in the lowest grades.

Grade – Condition:

In G4 you can find most Braided Hair Half Cents for around $40-$50 raw and even less in grades AG3 and less. You can also find them at a larger discount if they’re cleaned, corroded or damaged in some way. In MS (Mint State) grades the coins are worth anywhere from $150 to $300 and this will depend on the coin’s eye appeal and if its RD (Red) or BN (Brown).

Note that when I mention a grade like G4 that means the coin is problem free – never cleaned, not pitted, or damaged in any way. If the coin has a “grainy” appearance or seems to have tiny holes, or scratches, or looks “pinkish” then it’s a problem coin and will sell for less than the values listed.

You also have three conditional factors that determine the Braided Hair Half Cent value and they are: Red (RD), RB (Red-Brown), BN (Brown). A RD coin is going to have at least 90% original luster as struck by the mint and is the most valuable condition. The luster conditions only apply to mint state coins so any circulated coin will be designated BN.

Braided Hair Half Cent value
Braided Hair Half Cent VG10

Varieties:

1849 Large Date is worth a few more dollars than a normal die.

Braided Hair Half Cent Value By Date:

1840
1841
1842
1843
1844
1845
1846
1847
1848
1849
1850
1851
1852
1853
1854
1855
1856
1857