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1794 Half Cent

EddiEddi Posts: 433 ✭✭✭✭✭

This is the type coin I chose to illustrate this particular half cent type, the High Relief Head, in my collection.

This is another purchase dating back to the late 80's. The variety is C-9 which is a rarity 2, the most plentiful of the 1794 High Relief Heads.
Interestingly, a handful of fully uncirculated C-9s are known, at least one of them fully uncirculated, even by EAC standards, and with much original color and lustre. A joy to see.

My own example is a more budget friendly collector grade - please let me know how you and a TPG would grade it.



  • Manifest_DestinyManifest_Destiny Posts: 2,949 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice! I always considered the 94 a separate type from the Gardner heads 95-97

  • lkeneficlkenefic Posts: 7,607 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A beautiful example! I like it a lot...

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  • NeophyteNumismatistNeophyteNumismatist Posts: 848 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 8, 2024 7:25AM

    @Manifest_Destiny said:
    Nice! I always considered the 94 a separate type from the Gardner heads 95-97

    Very nice coin - thanks for sharing! The 1794 is, in fact, a separate type than the smaller heads of 95-97. The 1794 varieties are the same type, although the high and low relief coins look very different. We know this because the 1794 (both high and low relief) were made using the same hub.

    I am a newer collector (started April 2020), and I primarily focus on U.S. Half Cents and Type Coins. Early copper is my favorite.

  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 8,979 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I absolutely love this coin and it would be a proud addition to any collection, IMO. As to grading, I feel the best grading companies would halt at VF30(the reverse lower rims might decide that). As far as EAC, I would feel the coin to be limited to VG08 or VG10. I have their book and feel that it is stringent with grading, especially due to its age and softness of material. Although to make my stand more clear, I am not adverse to slight wear and even damage to non key elements of a rare copper coin. Again, just my opinion.
    Thanks for sharing this little treasure.

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  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,297 ✭✭✭✭✭

    i like the strike on it :)

  • keyman64keyman64 Posts: 15,451 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Not my series but it looks like a very nice example.

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  • EddiEddi Posts: 433 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 9, 2024 7:09AM

    Thank you very much for your opinions. I appreciate it, specially with regard to a possible TPG grade.
    (My EAC grade for this coin is F12).

    According to my records, I bought this coin from Jonathan Kern in 1988. @Walkerguy21d commented in another thread that he'd seen him at the FUN show - I am pleasantly surprised he is still active.

  • rnkmyer1rnkmyer1 Posts: 309 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Interesting article in the 7/29/20 issue of Numismatic News that makes a strong case for the 1794 1/2 C being a one year type.

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  • TomBTomB Posts: 20,592 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is a beautiful example.

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  • sellitstoresellitstore Posts: 2,352 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I like it and would call it a solid fine-F15. Not sure what the TPGs would say.

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