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

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

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PCGS MS66RB

PCGS MS65+RB

PCGS MS64+RB
PCGS #:
1028
Diameter:
23.50 millimeters
Designer:
John Smith Gardner
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
1,390
Metal Content:
Copper
63
225,000
63
64
300,000
1
64
64+
1
64+
65
-
65
65+
400,000
1
65+
66
500,000
2
66
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 4 R-9.8 5 / 10 TIE 5 / 12 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 5 / 10 TIE 5 / 12 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 5 / 10 6 / 12
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66RB PCGS grade  
1 MS66RB PCGS grade

Old collection from England - Alan Thomas (London) - Superior, sold privately in 1992 - Gene Reale Collection - Sotheby's 1/1998:4 - John Whitney Walter Collection - Stack's 5/1999:1707, $???,??? - Stack's 10/2000:23, $132,250 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers 2/2016:3009, $470,000

3 MS65+RB PCGS grade

Howard Rounds Newcomb Collection (valued by Newcomb at $710), sold privately in 1935 - B. Max Mehl, sold privately in 1935 - Col. E. H. R. Green Collection (appraised by F. C. C. Boyd for the Green Estate at $300 on 8/9/1937), sold 4/1943 for $70.01 - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson - B.G. Johnson - Charles J. duPont Collection - Stack's 11/1954:1053, $2,300 - Doris E. Nelson - Toby and Doris Nelson Szymanski (the "TAD" collection) - Stack's 3/1975:822 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 96.2.2) - Goldbergs 1/2014:37, $718,750

4 MS65RB estimated grade  
5 MS64+RB PCGS grade

J.F. McCoy Collection - W. Elliot Wooward 5/1864:757 - J.N.T. Levick Collection - Joseph Zanoni Collection - Henry C. Miller Collection - Thomas Elder 4/1917:1032 - Howard Rounds Newcomb Collection, sold privately in 1926 - Wayte Raymond - Virgil Brand - New Netherlands - F.C.C. Boyd Collection - New Netherlands, sold privately in 1955 - Kagin’s 3/1964:1455 - Kagin’s “MANA” 11/1973:988 - Dr. Herbert I. Ketterman Collection - RARCOA - R. Tettenhorst, sold privately in 4/1982 - Jim McGuigan Collection

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66RB PCGS grade  
1 MS66RB PCGS grade

Old collection from England - Alan Thomas (London) - Superior, sold privately in 1992 - Gene Reale Collection - Sotheby's 1/1998:4 - John Whitney Walter Collection - Stack's 5/1999:1707, $???,??? - Stack's 10/2000:23, $132,250 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers 2/2016:3009, $470,000

3 MS65+RB PCGS grade

Howard Rounds Newcomb Collection (valued by Newcomb at $710), sold privately in 1935 - B. Max Mehl, sold privately in 1935 - Col. E. H. R. Green Collection (appraised by F. C. C. Boyd for the Green Estate at $300 on 8/9/1937), sold 4/1943 for $70.01 - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson - B.G. Johnson - Charles J. duPont Collection - Stack's 11/1954:1053, $2,300 - Doris E. Nelson - Toby and Doris Nelson Szymanski (the "TAD" collection) - Stack's 3/1975:822 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 96.2.2) - Goldbergs 1/2014:37, $718,750

4 MS65RB estimated grade  
5 MS64+RB PCGS grade

J.F. McCoy Collection - W. Elliot Wooward 5/1864:757 - J.N.T. Levick Collection - Joseph Zanoni Collection - Henry C. Miller Collection - Thomas Elder 4/1917:1032 - Howard Rounds Newcomb Collection, sold privately in 1926 - Wayte Raymond - Virgil Brand - New Netherlands - F.C.C. Boyd Collection - New Netherlands, sold privately in 1955 - Kagin’s 3/1964:1455 - Kagin’s “MANA” 11/1973:988 - Dr. Herbert I. Ketterman Collection - RARCOA - R. Tettenhorst, sold privately in 4/1982 - Jim McGuigan Collection

6 MS64RB PCGS grade
6 MS64RB estimated grade  
6 MS64RB estimated grade  
9 MS63RB PCGS grade  
10 MS63RB estimated grade  

Discovered in a home-made coin cabinet in England - Wooley and Wallis 1/2013:579, $358,000 - Numismatic Financial Corp.

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.