Half-Cents and Cents : Liberty Cap Half Cent : Type 1, Facing Left

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Obverse of 1793 Half Cent Reverse of 1793 Half Cent

Ron Guth: The Liberty Cap - Head Left design was used only in 1793 and, along with the 1793 Chain Cents, was one of the first coins struck at the U.S. Mint.  Four die varieties, of roughly equal rarity, make up the entire mintage of just over 35,000 pieces.  High grade pieces are very rare, as are coins with nice surfaces, perfect planchets, and original, chocolate-brown color.  Demand for this date is very high because it is a first and only year of the type.

Varieties (4):
Cohen 1 - Scarce
Cohen 2 - Scarce
Cohen 3 - Scarce
Cohen 4 - Scarce
Baker 27 - Washington Head Half Cent

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

"Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents 1793-1857" by Walter Breen

Related collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club

Regular Strike