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Liberty Cap Half Cent Prices (1793-1797)

How Much Should I Pay For a Liberty Cap Half Cent?

By , About.com Guide

Liberty Cap Half Cent 1794Image Courtesy of:
Heritage Auction Galleries,
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This guide is intended to give you an idea of how much you should pay to acquire a Liberty Cap Half Cent minted from 1793 to 1797 from a coin dealer or auction house.  The catalog below provides average coin prices based upon the condition of the coin.  If the coin has wear on it from being used in commerce, it considered "circulated." If it was never used, then it is classified as "uncirculated." The pictures below illustrate examples of each condition.

Introduction to Coin Prices

There are many factors that go into determining the price that a dealer charges for coins. An understanding of how the coin market works will help you. If the coin dealer Does not have an 1794 Liberty Cap half cent, he cannot just call the mint and order more of them because the mint does not make coins dated 1794 anymore. The coin dealer must replenish his supply by buying coins from other dealers or people off the street. What he pays you for that coin is known as the "wholesale price" or "value." If you want to buy that 1794 half cent from the coin dealer, that is known as the "retail price" or "price."

Condition or Grade Examples

Liberty Cap - Head Facing Left (1793)

Liberty Cap - Head Facing Left (1793) Average Circulated Condition Circulated Liberty Cap - Head Facing Left (1793)  Average Uncirculated Condition Uncirculated


Liberty Cap - Large Head Right Facing (1794)

Liberty Cap - Large Head Right Facing (1794)  Half Cent Average Circulated Condition Circulated Liberty Cap - Large Head Right Facing (1794) Average Uncirculated Condition Uncirculated


Liberty Cap - Sm. Head Right Facing (1795-1797)

Liberty Cap - Sm. Head Right Facing (1795-1797) Average Circulated Condition Circulated Liberty Cap - Sm. Head Right Facing (1795-1797) Average Uncirculated Condition Uncirculated
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Image Courtesy of: Heritage Auction Galleries, Ha.com

Mint Marks

All Liberty Cap half cents were produced at the Philadelphia and do not have mint marks.

Liberty Cap Half Cent Average Prices

The following table lists the prices (what you can expect to pay a dealer or at auction) for you to obtain a Liberty Cap Half Cent. The first column lists the date followed by the price of an average circulated ("Avg Circ") coin and the average price for an uncirculated ("Avg Unc") one. These are approximate values and the actual price that a particular dealer charges will vary depending on the actual grade of the coin and a number of other factors. For some issues insufficient pricing data prohibited me from estimating an average price. This is indicated by a dash ("-") in that particular column. Uncirculated coins that have some or all of their original red copper color will sell for a premium price well above what is listed here.

Date & Type Avg Circ Avg Unc
Liberty Cap - Head Facing Left (1793)
1793 $6,100.00 $70,000.00
Liberty Cap - Large Head Right Facing (1794)
1794 $1,100.00 $21,000.00
Liberty Cap - Sm. Head Right Facing (1795-1797)
1795 Ltr. Edg. w/Pole $800.00 $17,000.00
1795 Ltr. Edg. Punct. Dt. $1,200.00 $21,000.00
1795 Pln. Edg. Punct. Dt. $1,000.00 $26,000.00
1795 Pln. Edg. No Pole $900.00 $16,000.00
1796 With Pole $27,000.00 -
1796 No Pole $54,000.00 -
1797 Lettered Edge $3,300.00 -
1797 Plain Edge $900.00 $15,000.00
1797 Gripped Edge $37,000.00 -
1797 1 Abv. 1, Pln. Edg. $800.00 $17,000.00


These prices have been compiled through my personal analysis of the coin market, referencing publications such as Numismatic News, Coin World, "The Official Red Book; A Guide Book of U.S. Coins," published auction results and consulting with various coin dealers.

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