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SERIES: Liberty Cap Right Half Cents 1794-1797
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1794 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS62BN

PCGS AU58BN
PCGS #:
1003
Diameter:
23.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
6.74 grams
Edge:
Lettered: TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR
Mintage:
81,600
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$103,500 • NGC MS65 • 4-1-2009 • 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 2,498 R-4.5 3 / 3 14 / 14
60 or Better 43 R-8.6 3 / 3 11 / 14
65 or Better 5 R-9.7 1 / 3 4 / 14
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
4 MS65BN PCGS grade  
4 MS64BN PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
4 MS65BN PCGS grade  
4 MS64BN PCGS grade
4 MS64BN estimated grade  
4 MS63+BN PCGS grade  
8 MS64BN estimated grade  
8 MS64BN estimated grade  
8 MS63BN PCGS grade  
Ron Guth:

The 1794 Half Cent is a modified version of the 1793 Liberty Cap Half Cent, with the head of Liberty turned so she is facing right.  There are two major sub-types for this year: Low-relief Head and High-Relief Head.  Large and Small Letter edge variants appear only on the Low Relief Heads; rarity depends on the variety with which it appears.

As a date, 1794 Half Cents are relatively common, certainly more so than the 1793.  Clean, problem-free examples are very scarce and Mint State examples are very rare.  Any example with even a trace of mint red is rare, and no full red examples are known.  The most desirable examples are those with glossy surfaces.  Heavy discounts apply to coins with pitted surfaces, obvious planchet flaws, or damage.

Varieties (9, plus subvarieties):
   
Low Relief Head:
      Cohen 1 - Scarce
      Cohen 2 - Common
      Cohen 3 - Rare
      Cohen 4 - Scarce
      Cohen 5 - Very Scarce
      Cohen 6 - Very Rare

   High Relief Head:
      Cohen 7 - Rare
      Cohen 8 - Rare
      Cohen 9 - Common

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"American Half Cents - The 'Little Half Sisters' (Second Edition)" by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.

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

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club