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1 Cent


Edition Metal Stamp Diameter Weight Mintage BU Unc XF VF FF
1793 n.m. Cu Regular ↑↓ ø 22 mm 6.74 g 35 334 - - - - -
↓ Obverse ↓
Obverse ½ ¢ - Half Cent 1 Cent 1793
Reverse ½ ¢ - Half Cent 1 Cent 1793
↑ Reverse ↑
Issuer US National Bank
Coin type Circulation
Shape Circle
Denomination & currency 1 Cent
0.01 USD
Design Henry Voigt? / Henry Voigt?
Edition details
Year of the edition 1793
Year on Coin 1793
Edition date 1793-??-??
Edition price -
Mint Philadelphia
Privy mark n.m.
Mintage 35 334
Physical characteristics
Stamp Regular stamp
Coin alignment
Metal Copper (Cu)
Diameter ø 22 mm
Weight 6.74 g
Border Plain with inscription ↑↑
Rim Upset
Additional decorations -
Coin Catalogs
NGC Link 11000
NGC 2222
Krause KM# 10
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Sample graph - Fryderyk Chopin, 50 Złotych, 1972
The first United States half cents were 35,334 pieces minted between July 20 and September 18, 1793. The dies are believed to have been prepared by Henry Voigt, but this remains uncertain. Half cents of this date are smaller in diameter than subsequent issues and bear a unique design adapted from the beautiful Libertas Americana medal coined in France. Liberty's bust faces left in this year alone, and the Phrygian Cap of the freedman is borne on her right shoulder. The wreath is extremely elaborate, with extensive detailing that required individual hand-punchings in the die preparation process. This type's beaded border is also unique to the 1793 coinage. In addition to the value expressed two ways on the reverse, the edge of each coin reads TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR in incused letters.Two obverse dies were paired with three reverse dies for a total of four marriages. Few collectors seek these coins by varieties, as they are rare enough by type to present a significant collecting challenge. This is especially true of coins having smooth planchets and no damage.
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