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

1806 1/2C Large 6, Stems, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64BN

SMALL OR LARGE 6?

WITH OR WITHOUT STEMS?
PCGS #:
1099
Diameter:
23.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
356,000
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$4,715 • NGC MS64 • 5-29-2005 • Superior Galleries
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All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 16 / 18 TIE 16 / 18 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 12 / 18 TIE 12 / 18 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 18 1 / 18
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Ron Guth: 1806 Half Cents are found with two different obverses: Small 6 and Large 6.  On the Small 6, the 6 of the date is completely separated from the bust; on the Large 6, the top of the 6 is embedded in the bust.  The Large 6 obverse is combined only with a With Stems reverse, resulting in the Cohen 4 variety.  This, along with the Cohen 1 (Small 6, Stemless) are the two most common varieties of the year. 

The 1806 Large 6, Stems Half Cent is relatively common in Mint State, including Brown and Red-Brown examples.  Full Red examples are known, but are extremely rare.

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