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

1804 1/2C Crosslet 4, Stems, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65+BN


PCGS #:
1069
Diameter:
23.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
1,055,312
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$66,125 • F12 • 9-16-2008 • Ira & Larry Goldberg
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 300 R-6.4 6 / 18 TIE 6 / 18 TIE
60 or Better 40 R-8.7 6 / 18 TIE 6 / 18 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 3 / 18 TIE 3 / 18 TIE
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Ron Guth: The two most obvious differences on 1804 Half Cents relate to the 4 of the date: on some coins the horizontal crossbar of the 4 ends with a vertical crosslet; on others the 4 has no crosslet.  The Plain 4 is slightly more common than the Crosslet 4. 

Underlying the Crosslet 4 are individual die varieties:
Cohen 1
Cohen 2
Cohen 4
Cohen 5 (early state of the Spiked Chin)
Cohen 9
Cohen 10
Cohen 12

All of the Spiked Chin varieties are also Crosslet 4's, but the Spiked Chin designation takes precedence.

Collectors should have no difficulty finding circulated examples of the Crosslet 4 Half Cent.  Mint State versions are quite scarce, especially in grades above MS-63.  Examples with original mint red are exceedingly scarce (most have toned to an olive- or chocolate-brown color) and none are known with full mint red.

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