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Liberty Cap Half Cent Values (1793-1797)

How Much Is My Liberty Cap Half Cent Worth?

By , About.com Guide

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This guide will give you an idea of how much your Liberty Cap half cents minted between 1793 and 1797 are worth.  The table below offers average coin values based upon the condition of the coin. 

Market Commentary

Most Liberty Cap half cents are very valuable even in well-worn condition. Therefore, many of them have been counterfeited over the years. The coin dealer may require that your coin has to be certified that it is authentic by a third party grading service before she makes you an offer to buy it.

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 in Philadelphia and do not have a mint mark.

Liberty Cap Half Cents Average Values

The following table lists the sell value (what you can expect a dealer to pay to you if you sell the coin). The first column lists the date  followed by the sell value for an average circulated Liberty Cap Half cent. All circulated values assume that the date is readable and not completely worn off the face of the coin. The column lists the sell value for an average uncirculated coin. These are approximate wholesale values. The actual offer you receive from a particular coin dealer will vary depending on the actual grade of the coin and a number of other factors that determine its worth.

Date Avg. Circ. Avg. Unc.
Liberty Cap - Head Facing Left (1793)
1793 $4,100.00 $49,000.00
Liberty Cap - Large Head Right Facing (1794)
1794 $700.00 $15,000.00
Liberty Cap - Sm. Head Right Facing (1795-1797)
1795 Ltr. Edg. w/Pole $500.00 $11,000.00
1795 Ltr. Edg. Punct. Dt. $800.00 $16,000.00
1795 Pln. Edg. Punct. Dt. $700.00 $20,000.00
1795 Pln. Edg. No Pole $600.00 $11,000.00
1796 With Pole $18,000.00 -
1796 No Pole $37,000.00 -
1797 Lettered Edge $2,000.00 $55,000.00
1797 Plain Edge $600.00 $11,000.00
1797 Gripped Edge $23,000.00 -
1797 1 Abv. 1, Pln. Edg. $500.00 $14,000.00

- = Columns with a dash indicate that not enough data is available to give an estimated value.

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