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

1796 1/2C With Pole, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65BN

WITH POLE/NO POLE COMPARISON

PCGS AU58BN
PCGS #:
1027
Diameter:
23.50 millimeters
Designer:
John Smith Gardner
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
1,390
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$402,500 • PCGS MS64 • 8-4-2012 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 110 R-7.9 4 / 11 4 / 14
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 5 / 11 TIE 6 / 14 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 11 1 / 14
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN estimated grade  
2 MS63BN PCGS grade  

Stack’s 7/2008, $253,000 - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11167, $402,500

3 MS62BN estimated grade  
3 MS62BN estimated grade  
5 MS60BN estimated grade  

G.M. Klein Collection - W. Elliot Woodward 5/1888:2048 - Col. James W. Ellsworth Collection - Wayte Raymond & John Work Garrett - Hillyer Ryder Collection and Estate - New Netherlands, sold privately - Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:23, $25,300

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN estimated grade  
2 MS63BN PCGS grade  

Stack’s 7/2008, $253,000 - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11167, $402,500

3 MS62BN estimated grade  
3 MS62BN estimated grade  
5 MS60BN estimated grade  

G.M. Klein Collection - W. Elliot Woodward 5/1888:2048 - Col. James W. Ellsworth Collection - Wayte Raymond & John Work Garrett - Hillyer Ryder Collection and Estate - New Netherlands, sold privately - Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:23, $25,300

6 AU58 PCGS grade  
6 AU58 PCGS grade  
8 AU58 estimated grade  

Stack’s FPL of the Philip M. Showers Collection of Half Cents, sold privately - Willis I. duPont, sold privately for $28,000 in 1982 - Jim McGuigan Collection - J.A. Sherman Collection - Eugene Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98002, $129,250

Ron Guth: 1796 Half Cents are known on planchets made from rolled copper strips or cut-down U.S. Large Cents, with the latter being extremely rare.

This was the only use of the obverse die.

The reverse die of this variety was also used on:
1796 Cohen 1

Most examples seen of this variety are in circulated condition, although a number of choice Mint State examples are known.