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SERIES: Liberty Cap Left Half Cents 1793
LEVEL: Minor Variety or Die Variety

1793 1/2C Cohen 3, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS64+BN
PCGS #:
35009
Diameter:
22.00 millimeters
Designer:
Unknown
Weight:
6.74 grams
Edge:
Lettered: TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR
Mintage:
35,334
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$718,750 • PCGS MS65 • 1-26-2014 • Ira & Larry Goldberg
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Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade

Jim McGuigan Collection

2 MS65BN PCGS grade

Charles Morris Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1905:857 - Allison W. Jackman Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1918:851 - Virgil M. Brand Collection - Horace and Armin Brand - Armin Brand, consigned to the following on 8/1935 - Burdette G. Johnson - Douglas Weaver, sold privately in 1/1972 - George W. "Hank" Rodgers, sold privately on 3/27/1972 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 93.3.1) - Goldbergs 1/2014:4, $718,750 - Larry Hanks and Richard Burdick, as agents for the following) - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers 2/2016:3001, $446,500

3 MS64+BN PCGS grade

Howard Rounds Newcomb (valued by Newcomb at $35), sold privately in 1935 - B. Max Mehl, sold privately - Col. E. H. R. Green Collection, appraised by his estate at $50 on 8/9/1937, sold in April 1943 for $60.01 - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman Education Society/Missouri Cabinet - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 93.3.2) - Goldbergs 1/2014:5, $345,000 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

4 MS64BN PCGS grade  

John Pawling Collection - New Netherlands 11/1952:73 - Joseph Brobston Collection - Stack's 1/1963 Fixed Price List, lot 69 - Charles Jay Collection - Stack's 10/1967:80 - Stack's 1/2002:679, $41,400 - Oliver Jung Collection - Heritage 8/2014:5514, $146,875

4 MS64BN PCGS grade

A.O. Woods Collection - Superior 9/1986:3007 - Anthony Terranova, sold privately - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection, sold privately (as an intact collection of Half Cents) in 1991 - Eric Streiner - Stack’s 1/1992:278 - Gene Reale Collection, sold privately via Jay Parrino (The Mint) - Richard T. Coleman, Jr. Collection, sold privately in 8/1995 - Foxfire Collection (Claude E. Davis, MD), via Richard Burdick; acquired with the Foxfire Collection, en bloc, by sale, October 5, 2004 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers 2/2016:3002, $176,250

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade

Jim McGuigan Collection

2 MS65BN PCGS grade

Charles Morris Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1905:857 - Allison W. Jackman Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1918:851 - Virgil M. Brand Collection - Horace and Armin Brand - Armin Brand, consigned to the following on 8/1935 - Burdette G. Johnson - Douglas Weaver, sold privately in 1/1972 - George W. "Hank" Rodgers, sold privately on 3/27/1972 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 93.3.1) - Goldbergs 1/2014:4, $718,750 - Larry Hanks and Richard Burdick, as agents for the following) - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers 2/2016:3001, $446,500

3 MS64+BN PCGS grade

Howard Rounds Newcomb (valued by Newcomb at $35), sold privately in 1935 - B. Max Mehl, sold privately - Col. E. H. R. Green Collection, appraised by his estate at $50 on 8/9/1937, sold in April 1943 for $60.01 - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman Education Society/Missouri Cabinet - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 93.3.2) - Goldbergs 1/2014:5, $345,000 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

4 MS64BN PCGS grade  

John Pawling Collection - New Netherlands 11/1952:73 - Joseph Brobston Collection - Stack's 1/1963 Fixed Price List, lot 69 - Charles Jay Collection - Stack's 10/1967:80 - Stack's 1/2002:679, $41,400 - Oliver Jung Collection - Heritage 8/2014:5514, $146,875

4 MS64BN PCGS grade

A.O. Woods Collection - Superior 9/1986:3007 - Anthony Terranova, sold privately - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection, sold privately (as an intact collection of Half Cents) in 1991 - Eric Streiner - Stack’s 1/1992:278 - Gene Reale Collection, sold privately via Jay Parrino (The Mint) - Richard T. Coleman, Jr. Collection, sold privately in 8/1995 - Foxfire Collection (Claude E. Davis, MD), via Richard Burdick; acquired with the Foxfire Collection, en bloc, by sale, October 5, 2004 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers 2/2016:3002, $176,250

6 MS62BN PCGS grade

Leo A. Young 8/1959:402 - Kagin's - Leo A. Young - RARCOA “Auction '80” 8/1980:1512 - Heritage 2/2002:5018 - Heritage 8/2006:5017 - Heritage 4/2013:4110, $70,500

6 MS62BN PCGS grade  

Stack’s 1/2007:5427, $195,500 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30003, $95,175

6 MS62BN estimated grade  

Louis Eliasberg, Sr. - Bowers & Merena 5/21/1996:394, $38,500

9 AU58 PCGS grade

Ron Guth: Rarity: Scarce

Variety Equivalents: Gilbert 1, Breen 3

Notes:
As with all 1793 Half Cent varieties, this is a relatively scarce one.  Most examples are circulated, they are all valuable, and finding a problem-free example is difficult.  At least six Mint State examples are known, the finest of which is the Gem Uncirculated PCGS MS65BN example from the Missouri Cabinet (illustrated above).  No Red-Brown or Red examples exist of the 1793 Cohen 3, though the Missouri Cabinet coin, with its traces of original mint red, comes very close.

The obverse die of this variety was also used on 1793 Cohen 4.

The reverse die of this variety was also used on 1793 Cohen 2.

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

"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

Related collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club