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SERIES: Liberty Cap Left Half Cents 1793
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1793 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS65BN
PCGS #:
1000
Diameter:
22.00 millimeters
Designer:
Unknown
Weight:
6.74 grams
Edge:
Lettered: TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR
Mintage:
35,334
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$126,500 • PCGS MS61 • 1-1-2009 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,090 R-4.9 1 / 1 1 / 1
60 or Better 43 R-8.6 1 / 1 1 / 1
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 1 / 1 1 / 1
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6 MS64BN PCGS grade

Heritage 11/2004:5057, unsold -
Heritage 1/2005:30088, $120,750 -
Joseph C. Thomas Collection -
Heritage 4/2009:2016, $109,250

6 MS64BN PCGS grade  
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6 MS64BN estimated grade  
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Ron Guth: The Liberty Cap - Head Left design was used only in 1793 and, along with the 1793 Chain Cents, was one of the first coins struck at the U.S. Mint.  Four die varieties, of roughly equal rarity, make up the entire mintage of just over 35,000 pieces.  High grade pieces are very rare, as are coins with nice surfaces, perfect planchets, and original, chocolate-brown color.  Demand for this date is very high because it is a first and only year of the type.

Varieties (4):
Cohen 1 - Scarce
Cohen 2 - Scarce
Cohen 3 - Scarce
Cohen 4 - Scarce
Baker 27 - Washington Head Half Cent

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"American Half Cents - Second Edition" by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.

"Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents 1793-1857" by Walter Breen

Related collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club