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

1805 1/2C Small 5, Stems, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS AU58BN


PCGS #:
1087
Diameter:
23.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
814,464
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$54,625 • NGC VF30 • 1-6-2010 • 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 125 R-7.7 5 / 18 5 / 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 AU53 PCGS grade  
2 XF45 PCGS grade  
3 XF40 PCGS grade  

Cohen 2.  ESM Collection

4 VF35 PCGS grade  
5 VF30 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 AU53 PCGS grade  
2 XF45 PCGS grade  
3 XF40 PCGS grade  

Cohen 2.  ESM Collection

4 VF35 PCGS grade  
5 VF30 PCGS grade
5 VF30 PCGS grade  
7 VF20 PCGS grade  
8 F15 PCGS grade
8 F15 PCGS grade
8 F15 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1805 Small 5 Stems Half Cent is a very scarce to rare variety made up of two underlying die varieties: Cohen 2 and Cohen 3, both of which share the same obverse but slightly different reverses. 

The nomenclature used for 1805 Half Cents can be confusing.  The Small 5 is indeed small but the Large 5 is actually a normal-sized 5.  It is only "large" relative to the Small 5.  Perhaps the easiest way to tell them apart is by comparing the distance of the 5 relative to the bust.  On the Small 5, the 5 is well away from the bust; on the "Large" 5, the tip of the 5 is close to the bust. 

No 1805 Small 5, Stems Half Cents are known above Extremely Fine.  Most examples have problems of one sort or another: porous planchets, scratches, dings, marks, etc.  Nice, problem-free examples are among the scarcest of all Half Cent varieties.

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