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PLAIN EDGE ½ ¢ - Half Cent
1 Cent


Edition Metal Stamp Diameter Weight Mintage BU Unc XF VF FF
1797 n.m. Cu Regular ↑↓ ø 23.5 mm 5.44 g 119 215 - - - - -
↓ Obverse ↓
Obverse PLAIN EDGE ½ ¢ - Half Cent 1 Cent 1797
Reverse PLAIN EDGE ½ ¢ - Half Cent 1 Cent 1797
↑ Reverse ↑
Issuer US National Bank
Coin type Circulation
Shape Circle
Denomination & currency 1 Cent
0.01 USD
Design John Smith Gardner? / Robert Scot
Edition details
Year of the edition 1797
Year on Coin 1797
Edition date 1797-??-??
Edition price -
Mint Philadelphia
Privy mark n.m.
Mintage 119 215
Physical characteristics
Stamp Regular stamp
Coin alignment
Metal Copper (Cu)
Diameter ø 23.5 mm
Weight 5.44 g
Border Plain
Rim Upset
Additional decorations -
Coin Catalogs
NGC Link 11036
NGC 2228
Krause KM# 14
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Sample graph - Fryderyk Chopin, 50 Złotych, 1972
The number of half cents coined with the date 1797 is not certain, one source putting the number at 127,840 pieces. Only three die marriages are known, but added to these are variations in thickness and planchet stock.The majority of 1797 have the plain edge continued from 1796, but one variety (Cohen-3b) is thicker than normal and features a lettered edge. It's believed that these were coined using cut-down large cent planchets, and the edge lettering style differs from any used previously. Also known are coins struck on cut-down Talbot, Allum & Lee tokens that the Mint purchased due to the shortage of good copper.A popular variety is C-1, which has a duplicate numeral 1 placed directly over the primary 1, a result of the engraver beginning his date punching too close to the bust (photos). Another popular variety is C-3a, known as the Low Head because the hubbing was performed off-center. The "a" subvariety was coined on plain edge planchets.Since no half cent dies were created with the dates 1798 or 1799, those dated 1797 were used as late as 1800. This helps to explain the uncertainty about the number actually coined bearing the 1797 date.
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