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Collector's Guide to U.S. Half Cents (1793-1857)

The United States half cent is the smallest denomination ever minted by the U.S government. It was authorized by the Coinage Act of 1792 on April 2, 1972. They were produced from 1793 until 1857. All issues were made with 100% copper and minted at the Philadelphia Mint. Coinage was discontinued by the congressional act of February 21, 1857. Most of these early coins were produced from dies that were individually made and used until they broke. Therefore, there are many varieties and errors that do not exist in other series.

Liberty Cap Half Cent - Head Facing Left (1793)
Specifications, mint locations, varieties and notes about the 1793 Liberty Cap, Head Facing Left, Half Cent.

Liberty Cap Half Cent - Large Head Facing Right (1794)
Coin specifications for the U.S. Liberty Cap Half Cent, Large Head Facing Right minted in 1794. Details include: weight, diameter, specific gravity, designer, mint locations, varieties and notes.

Liberty Cap Half Cent - Sm. Head Right Facing (1795-1797)
The Liberty Cap half cent minted from 1795 to 1797 introduced a new type of half penny to the American Public. Here you will find all the specification details used to make the coin. Details include: Mintage Dates, Production Facilities, Mint Mark Location, Composition, Weight (in grams), Specific Gravity, Diameter, Thickness and Edge Type, just to name a few.

Drapped Bust Half Cent (1800-1808)
Detailed coin specifications for the Draped Bust half cent that was minted between 1800 and 1808 are listed on this webpage. Details include years issued, minting facilities, weight, diameter, designers, and many more specifications.

Classic Head Half Cent (1809-1836)
Coin specifications, mintage figures and popular varieties for the Classic Head Half Cent (1809-1836) can be found on this page. Details include: Mintage Dates, Production Facilities, Mint Mark Location, Composition, Weight (in grams), Specific Gravity, Diameter, Thickness and Edge Type, just to name a few.

Braided Hair Half Cent (1840-1857)
Everything you want to know about the U.S. Braided Hair Half Cent issued from 1840 to 1857. Specifications include: minting facilities, weight, diameter, specific gravity, designer, popular errors and varieities.

Liberty Cap Half Cent Values (1793-1797)
This coin value guide will provide you with an estimate of how much your Liberty Cap half cent is worth. There are photos and descriptions to help you with your determination.

Liberty Head Half Cent Prices (1793-1797)
Average prices for circulated and uncirculated Liberty Cap half cents are listed in this easy to use price guide. These are the prices that you can expect to pay to a coin dealer to purchase a Liberty Cap half cent.

Draped Bust Half Cents Values (1800-1808)
This page lists coin values for Draped Bust half cents minted from 1800 to 1800 (Draped Bust half penny). The values listed here are what you can expect a dealer to pay you for the coin.

Draped Bust Half Cent Coin Prices (1800-1808)
How much should you pay for that Draped Bust half cent? This coin price guide will give you an idea of how much money you should spend to purchase a Draped Bust half cent from a coin dealer.

Classic Head Half Cents Values (1809-1836)
This coin value guide is for Classic Head half cents minted from 1800 to 1800 (Classic Head half penny). The values listed here are what you can expect a coin dealer to give you for your coin.

Classic Head Half Cent Coin Prices (1809-1836)
This coin price guide will give you an estimate of how much coin dealers are charging collectors to purchase Classic Head half cents that were minted between 1809 and 1836.

Braided Hair (Coronet) Half Cents Values (1840-1857)
This page lists coin values for Braided Hair (a.k.a Coronet) half cents minted between 1840 and 1857. The values listed here are what you can expect a dealer to pay to you when you sell your coins.

Braided Hair (Coronet) Half Cent Coin Prices (1809-1836)
This page lists coin prices for Braided Hair half cents minted from 1840 to 1857 (a.k.a. Coronet half cent). The coin prices listed here are what you can expect to pay when you purchase that coin for your collection.

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