The engraver inverted the punch for the 9, than corrected his mistake on this blundered obverse die. Traditionally called an 1809/6 overdate, it is more properly described as 1809 over Inverted 9.
This is an extremely rare issue at this grade level, with an NGC population of only four with none higher and an identical PCGS population of four with none higher.
The example herein offered is sharp and clean and displays pleasing medium brown color. Unlisted in the NGC price guide.
Listed at $42,500 in the PCGS price guide.
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Classic Head Half Cent
The smallest denomination By Michele Orzano
COIN WORLD Staff Although it may seem unusual today, the United States government once issued a coin worth less than one cent: the half cent.
The copper U.S. half cent was authorized for production on April 2, 1792. During its 64-year lifespan as a circulating denomination, five different basic design types of the tiny (0.93-inch) coin were struck.
The coins were struck at the Philadelphia Mint and do not have a Mint mark.
The half cent's designers and engravers are among the best known names in U.S. Mint design/engraving history: Adam Eckfeldt, Robert Scot, John Gardner, Gilbert Stuart, John Reich and Christian Gobrecht. Designs for the half cent were also used on other denominations through the years.
The 1793 Liberty Cap half cent features a lettered edge stating TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR .
The obverse depicts a bust of Liberty with flowing hair, facing left.
A Liberty Cap on a pole rests on her right shoulder giving the design its name, the Liberty Cap.
The design for the Liberty Cap half cent was based on Agustin Dupre's Libertas Americana medal.
Half cents struck between 1794 and 1797 bear another Liberty Cap design, this one facing right, and issued in Plain Edge, Lettered Edge and Gripped Edge varieties.
From 1800 to 1808 the Draped Bust design was used on half cents.
All half cents bearing those dates are Plain Edge varieties.
The Classic Head design was used on half cents struck between 1809-1836.
From 1849 to 1857, a Coronet design with Plain Edge was used.
All half cents have a wreath on the reverse.
The key dates in the series are 1793; 1796, No Pole; 1802/0, Reverse of 1800; and 1831.
Date of authorization: April 2, 1792
Dates of issue: 1809-1835
Designer/Engraver: John Reich
Diameter: 23.50 mm/0.93 inch
Weight: 5.44 grams/0.18 ounce
Metallic content: 100% copper
Mint mark: None
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