Classic Head, 1/2 Cent: 1809-1836


Quick Coinage Facts

Years Minted: 1809-1836
Mints: Philadelphia
Composition: Copper
Diameter: 23.5 mm
Weight: 5.44 grams
Total Mintage: approx. 5,628,912
Edge: plain


Designed by John Reich the half cent had a composition of 100% copper. The obverse design depicted Liberty facing left, her curled hair tied with a band inscribed LIBERTY and cascading over her ear to the base of her bust. Seven stars are to the left of the bust and six to the right representing the original 13 colonies or states of the union.

The reverse shows a wreath encircling the denomination HALF CENT, with the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounding the wreath at the rim.

There are no mint marks as the Philadelphia mint was the only mint during that time period so there were was no need.

General Market Notes

Most examples are readily available and one can get a decent coin in a collector grade of fine or very fine for about $100.

As with other early coinage, there are many varieties be sure to double check your purchase for a possible variety designation.

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