1802/0 1/2C C-1 Reverse of 1800, BN MS (PCGS# 35122)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 1428
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All 1802-dated half cents are from an unknown original mintage, perhaps the 20,266 stated in the <em>Mint Report</em> of this year, or perhaps the dies were kept for later use. In any event, the production was very small. There are two known die pairings, the Cohen-1 and the Cohen-2. The latter makes up the vast majority of 1802 half cents seen in today's marketplace and are nothing more than common. The Cohen-1, however, is an extremely challenging coin to locate in any condition.<br />
Both sides of the present example are well worn with the reverse lacking all details. The obverse still displays the top portions of the critical digits of the date, as well as LIBERTY and the portrait outline. Deep chocolate-brown patina. A relatively pleasing example despite the heavy wear.