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SERIES: Draped Bust Half Cents 1800-1808
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1802/0 1/2C Reverse of 1800, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS VG8
Image courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Comparison of 1802 1/2 Cent Reverses

Closeup of 1802/0 Overdate
PCGS #:
1054
Diameter:
23.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
20,266
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$65,550 • F12+ • 2-20-2005 • Superior Galleries
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 25 R-9.0 1 / 18 1 / 18
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 18 1 / 18
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 18 1 / 18
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 XF40 PCGS grade  
2 VF30 PCGS grade

Missouri Cabinet

2 VF30 PCGS grade  
2 VF30 PCGS grade  
5 F15 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 XF40 PCGS grade  
2 VF30 PCGS grade

Missouri Cabinet

2 VF30 PCGS grade  
2 VF30 PCGS grade  
5 F15 PCGS grade  
5 F15 PCGS grade  
5 F15 estimated grade  
8 VG10 PCGS grade  
9 VG8 PCGS grade  

Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2023 (as PCGS VG8 21308177), $35,937.50

9 VG8 estimated grade  

Philadelphia Estate -
Dennis Steinmetz -
Anthony Terranova (5/1978) -
Julian Leidman (6/1978) -
Dr. Ernest J. Montgomery -
Heritage 8/1997:8091 -
Dr. Wallace C. Lee -
Superior 5/2003:135 -
Robert Weiner -
Scotsman 10/2010:151 -
Heritage 8/2011:7005, not sold

Ron Guth: The 1802 "Reverse of 1800" is one of the rarest of all U.S. Half Cents.  As the name indicates, the reverse of this variety is a holdover from 1800; in fact, it is the very same reverse that was used to strike 1800 Half Cents.  Sometime in 1802, the old reverse was retired from use and a new reverse (Reverse of 1802) was utilized.  At least one example of this rare variety shows the undertype of an error large cent that was cut down and re-used as a planchet.  Most examples of the 1802 Reverse of 1800 Half Cents are in low grade and none are known in grades above Extremely Fine.