1811 1/2C, BN MS (PCGS# 1135)
The June 2011 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 244
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Federal records indicate a mintage of 63,140 half cents for calendar year 1811, but the rarity of the 1811 as an issue suggests that not all of those coins actually bore that date. In fact, R. W. Julian (as reported in the book <em>The Half Cent Die State Book: 1793-1857 </em>by Ronald P. Manley, Ph.D., 1998) believes that only 25,000-30,000 pieces were actually dated 1811, the balance of the mintage being comprised of coins dated 1810.<br /> This is the somewhat more available of the two die marriages confirmed for the issue, and it is readily attributable by the close spacing between the digits 18 in the date. Blended medium-brown and copper-brown patina to both sides with tinges of crimson-red toning also intermingled here and there on the obverse. Less than perfect centering helps to explain minor lack of detail in isolated peripheral areas, although the overall appearance is suitably bold in the context of the assigned grade. There are no abrasions of note, and a bit of old, light surface build up on the reverse is also easily overlooked.