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SERIES: Liberty Cap Right Half Cents 1794-1797
LEVEL: Minor Variety or Die Variety

1794 1/2C C-9 High Relief Head, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66BN

PCGS AU55BN

PCGS AU50BN
PCGS #:
35063
Diameter:
23.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
6.74 grams
Edge:
Lettered: TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR
Mintage:
81,600
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$15,275 • PCGS MS60BN • 3-3-2016 • Heritage Auctions
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade

John Freet - John Foreman, sold privately in 1/1982 - Jim McGuigan Collection

2 MS64BN estimated grade  

Richard B. Winsor Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 12/1895:1002 - George H. Earle, Jr. Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1912:3604 - American Numismatic Rarities 1/2006:11, $80,500 - Madison Collection - Heritage 1/2008:2655, $103,500 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2018, $103,500 - Bowers & Merena 8/2010:1001, $103,500

3 MS63BN PCGS grade  

F. R. Alvord Collection - S. H. Chapman 6/1924:13 - S. H. Chapman - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:400, $15,400 - Dr. Hesselgesser Collection - Goldbergs 2/2007:141, $60,375

4 MS60BN PCGS grade  

Jim McGuigan, 1986 Milwaukee ANA Convention - Roger S. Cohen, Jr. Collection - Superior 2/1992:38 - Stack's/Bowers 7/2013:4015, $11,163 - Heritage 8/2015:3919, $15,275 - Heritage 3/2016:4711, $15,275

5 AU55 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade

John Freet - John Foreman, sold privately in 1/1982 - Jim McGuigan Collection

2 MS64BN estimated grade  

Richard B. Winsor Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 12/1895:1002 - George H. Earle, Jr. Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1912:3604 - American Numismatic Rarities 1/2006:11, $80,500 - Madison Collection - Heritage 1/2008:2655, $103,500 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2018, $103,500 - Bowers & Merena 8/2010:1001, $103,500

3 MS63BN PCGS grade  

F. R. Alvord Collection - S. H. Chapman 6/1924:13 - S. H. Chapman - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:400, $15,400 - Dr. Hesselgesser Collection - Goldbergs 2/2007:141, $60,375

4 MS60BN PCGS grade  

Jim McGuigan, 1986 Milwaukee ANA Convention - Roger S. Cohen, Jr. Collection - Superior 2/1992:38 - Stack's/Bowers 7/2013:4015, $11,163 - Heritage 8/2015:3919, $15,275 - Heritage 3/2016:4711, $15,275

5 AU55 PCGS grade
6 AU50 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2016:3945, $9,400

7 XF45+ PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

8 XF45 PCGS grade  

Heritage 12/2010:3148, $7,475

9 XF40 PCGS grade ESM Collection

Ron Guth: 1794 Cohen 9 is one of three die varieties with unusually heavy hair on the obverse.  The relief of the hair is medallic and three-dimensional in appearance and is known, simply, as the High Relief Hair subtype.  Of the three die varieties, Cohen 9 is the least rare, thus collectors often choose this one for their type sets.

As with most early Half Cents, high-grade Cohen 9's are quite difficult to locate.  The finest grade on a 1794 Cohen 9 is MS66BN and the highest (and only) Red-Brown example is the PCGS MS65RB coin from the Missouri Cabinet.  That particular coin sold for $402,500 in 2014, so one can only guess what the MS66BN might bring (which is more important -- color or technical grade)?

No full Red examples of this variety are known.