Half Cent Values And Half Cent Types-Half Cent History And Mintage

The 1793 Liberty Cap half cent was the first and only half cent coin ever produced. Only 35,334 1793 half cents were produced. At low grade, this coin is still valued over $2,200.
The 1793 Liberty Cap half cent was the first and only half cent coin ever produced. Only 35,334 1793 half cents were produced. At low grade, this coin is still valued over $2,200. | Source

HALF CENT HISTORY


The half cent coin is the smallest denomination that was ever produced in the United States of America. The half cent coin was first produced in 1793 and the production lasted up to 1857. In total, there were only 7,781,426 half cent coins produced between 1793 and 1857, a relative small figure compared to other coin series. A handful of men designed the coin over the years. All half cent coins were made out of 100% copper.


In total, there were five different types of half cent coins produced. They include the Liberty Cap Left (1793), Liberty Cap Right (1794-1797), Draped Bust (1800-1808), Classic Head (1809-1836), and the Braided Hair (1840-1857). Any dates that were not mentioned between 1793-1857 only produced proof half cents or none was produced at all.

HALF CENT COIN DESIGNERS

HALF CENT TYPE
COIN DESIGNER
TIMELINE
Liberty Cap Left
Henry Voigt
1793
Liberty Cap Right
Robert Scot/John Gardner
1794-1797
Draped Bust
Gilbert Stuart/Robert Scot
1800-1808
Classic Head
John Reich
1809-1836
Braided Hair
Christian Gobrecht
1840-1857
The 1831 Classic Head half cent is also a gem of the series. With a mintage of only 2,200, it is one of the rarest coins in American history. Even in worn condition, the 1831 half cent is worth $6,000.
The 1831 Classic Head half cent is also a gem of the series. With a mintage of only 2,200, it is one of the rarest coins in American history. Even in worn condition, the 1831 half cent is worth $6,000. | Source

HIGHLY VALUED HALF CENT COINS


All half cent coins have a value, even in low grades. At this point in time, all half cent coins are valued at $30 or more. However, some half cent coins are extremely valuable. The 1796 half cent coin is the highest priced half cent coin in the series. The 1796 is also the rarest half cent coin. There were two different types of this coin produced in 1796. They are referred to as the 1796 Liberty Cap Right half cent with pole and the 1796 Liberty Cap Right half cent no pole. The 1796 Liberty Cap Right half cent with pole is the most valued out of the two. Even at a low grade, this coin is worth $25,000. The 1796 Liberty Cap Right half cent no pole has a slightly lower value at $16,000 in low grade.


The 1793 Liberty Cap Left half cent and the 1831 Classic Head half cent are also highly valued. There were only 35,334 1793 Liberty Cap half cents produced in the coins first year. At low grade, the 1793 Liberty Cap Left half cent is worth $2,200. The 1831 Classic Head half cent has the second highest value in the series. There were only 2,200 Classic Head half cents produced in 1831. The 1831 Classic Head half cent has a value of $6,000 in low grade. Keep in mind, these values are based on a low grade. If you have one of these coins and they are in great shape, the value highly increases.


There are also a few half cents that have a value in the hundreds in low grade. The 1794, 1795, 1797, 1802, and 1811 half cents all have values in the hundreds in a low grade. The 1794, 1795, and 1797 half cents are all worth $400 or more in a low grade. The 1802 Draped Bust half cent coin has the highest value out of the grouping. The 1802 half cent is worth over $500 as a low graded coin. The 1811 has the lowest value of the group with a value of $340.


All of our prices are based on a low grade because most coins from this time period are on a low grade scale. However, there can still be prime examples out there. Remember, if you have a high graded half cent coin, the value increases tremendously. Below, you can find the values of all half cent coins.

MINTAGE AND VALUES

YEAR
MINTAGE
VALUE (LOW GRADE)
COIN TYPE
1793
35,334
$2,200
Liberty Cap Left
 
 
 
 
1794
81,600
$405
Liberty Cap Right
1795
139,690
$480
Liberty Cap Right
1796
1,390
$16,000
Liberty Cap Right
1797
127,840
$415
Liberty Cap Right
 
 
 
 
1800
202,908
$60
Draped Bust
1802
20,266
$535
Draped Bust
1803
92,000
$48
Draped Bust
1804
1,055,312
$45
Draped Bust
1805
814,464
$50
Draped Bust
1806
356,000
$60
Draped Bust
1807
476,000
$55
Draped Bust
1808
400,000
$55
Draped Bust
 
 
 
 
1809
1,154,572
$34
Classic Head
1810
215,000
$55
Classic Head
1811
63,140
$340
Classic Head
1825
63,000
$50
Classic Head
1826
234,000
$47
Classic Head
1828
606,000
$40
Classic Head
1829
487,000
$42
Classic Head
1831
2,200
$6,000
Classic Head
1832
51,000
$35
Classic Head
1833
103,000
$35
Classic Head
1834
141,000
$40
Classic Head
1835
398,000
$44
Classic Head
 
 
 
 
1849
39,864
$37
Braided Hair
1850
39,812
$37
Braided Hair
1851
147,672
$31
Braided Hair
1853
129,694
$35
Braided Hair
1854
55,358
$37
Braided Hair
1855
56,500
$37
Braided Hair
1856
40,430
$38
Braided Hair
1857
35,180
$38
Braided Hair

REMEMBER


Remember, the value of your coin depends on the rarity and condition of the coin. The values listed above are for low graded half cents only. If your half cent is in great condition, the value will rise. The value of any coined is always based on rarity and condition. Below, you will find pictures of each coin type so you can learn how to tell them apart. Also, if you wish to learn more about coins, feel free to follow the links below. Thanks for your visit.

TYPE VARIATIONS FOR EACH STYLE

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This is the style of the Liberty Cap Right half cent. This is the style of the Liberty Cap Left half cent. The picture also shows you the difference between the 1796 half cent with pole and without the pole.This is the style of the Draped Bust half cent.This is the style of the Classic Head half cent.This is the style of the Braided Hair half cent.
This is the style of the Liberty Cap Right half cent.
This is the style of the Liberty Cap Right half cent. | Source
This is the style of the Liberty Cap Left half cent. The picture also shows you the difference between the 1796 half cent with pole and without the pole.
This is the style of the Liberty Cap Left half cent. The picture also shows you the difference between the 1796 half cent with pole and without the pole. | Source
This is the style of the Draped Bust half cent.
This is the style of the Draped Bust half cent. | Source
This is the style of the Classic Head half cent.
This is the style of the Classic Head half cent. | Source
This is the style of the Braided Hair half cent.
This is the style of the Braided Hair half cent. | Source

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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Your hub in very interesting. You must a heck of a lot research for all the great information.

Voted up and interesting, Joyce.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

damn this was interesting I never heard of the half cents.. but yep thanks for the history coin lesson my friend :)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I've never seen a half-cent coin except in coin shops. But given their age, I'm not surprised. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

LW - another fascinating hub. I had no idea that the USA had a half cent! I think for me when you handle old coins it really feels like you are in touch with history, since you know that so many people from the past would have actually handled this same coin. I can understand the interest that collectors must have in their coins and I would guess it's not just the monetary value either.

A really fascinating hub + voted up!!


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

I had no idea a half cent coin even existed and I wouldn't mind getting my hands on an 1831 edition.

Great hub


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I didn't know they ever issued a half cent coin. I would love to see one. Not likely to happen Ha.. Thank's again for an informative hub Ricky...


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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Wow, this is really interesting, no wonder people collect coins, so much history facts in it, fascinating!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

*Writer20, thanks again for dropping by. I love collecting coins so I already know a good deal. A lot of research also:)

*Frank, always great to hear from you. I hope you found it helpful and interesting. Take care.

*Alocsin, glad you stopped by pal. They are a hard coin to get. If you find one, it will cost you.

*Seeker7, thanks for the comment and your time:) I agree with you, that is how I feel. I love old coins, wondering what all it has seen, pretty cool stuff.

*SGE, that would be the one to find. Many people never knew they did and they were produced for over 50 years.

*AE, always great to have you come by Ruby. You never know. I don't know their actual size, but they look like a penny at first glance.

*Max, thanks again for taking the time to come by Max. That is why I collect them, I love the history.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I have never seen one of these--very interesting hub!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Audrey, thanks for dropping by. Many people are unaware of these rare coins. You don't see them much these days, especially in great condition.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

My grandfather had given me a bunch of old American coins which included a half cent one and many others. When my husband and I were married and still living in an apartment, they were stolen from us. Obviously it was someone with an apartment key who had access. Our work schedules were regular...so for anyone watching, they knew they had time. They left the old piggy bank on the shelf and some of the other coins...so they really culled through and took the most valuable ones. We never did find out who did it and we did not have them insured. Live and learn! This was an interesting hub. Voted that as well as up and useful.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Peggy, thanks for the comment. That is so sad. I hate that this happened. Yes, it had to be someone that was very watchful. I know the sentimental value was much more then the value of the coins. Very disappointing. Thanks again for the visit and see you soon.

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