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Classic Head (1809 - 1836)

Beginning in 1831, new coinage equipment and modified dies produced a raised rim on each side of these coins. Proofs and restrikes were made at the Mint for sale to collectors. Restrikes are believed to have been struck circa 1858 through 1861.

No half cents were struck in 1837. Because of the great need for small change, however, a large number of tokens similar in size to current large cents were issued privately by businessmen who needed them in commerce. Additionally, thousands of half cent tokens were issued of the variety listed and illustrated below.

Classic Head (1809 - 1836)
1809 - 1836

Classic Head (1809 - 1836)

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1809 - 1837
    Designer: John Reich
    Weight: 5.440 grams
    Diameter:23.5 mm
    Composition:
    • 1.0000 copper
    Edge: plain
Grade Price Guide
Circ|MS|PF
  • Description
  • Mintage
  • G-4 Good. Good. LIBERTY only partly visible on hair band. Lettering, date, and stars worn but visible.
  • VG-8 Very Good. Very Good. LIBERTY entirely visible on hair band. Lower curls worn.
  • F-12 Fine. Fine. Only partial wear on LIBERTY, and hair at top worn in spots.
  • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine. Lettering clear-cut. Hair only slightly worn. Hair-cord knot distinct. Feathers at top of head clear. Cheekbone worn. Hair-cord knot distinct. Feathers at top of head clear. Cheekbone worn.
  • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine. Cheekbone, war bonnet, and headband feathers slightly worn. Light wear on highest points of hair and leaves. Cheekbone, war bonnet, and headband feathers slightly worn.
  • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated. Sharp hair detail with only a trace of wear on higher points. Trace of wear on cheekbone and headdress. Trace of wear on cheekbone and headdress.
  • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated. Typical brown to red surface. No trace of wear. No trace of wear. Light blemishes. No trace of wear. Light blemishes.
  • MS-60BN Mint State. Mint State. Typical brown to red surface. No trace of wear. No trace of wear. Light blemishes. No trace of wear. Light blemishes.
  • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated. Well-defined color, brown to red. No traces of wear. Some distracting contact marks or blemishes in prime focal areas. Impaired mint luster possible. Some distracting contact marks or blemishes in prime focal areas. Impaired mint luster possible.
  • MS-63BN Mint State. Mint State. Well-defined color, brown to red. No traces of wear. Some distracting contact marks or blemishes in prime focal areas. Impaired mint luster possible. Some distracting contact marks or blemishes in prime focal areas. Impaired mint luster possible.
  • MS-63RB Mint State. Mint State. Well-defined color, brown to red. No traces of wear. Some distracting contact marks or blemishes in prime focal areas. Impaired mint luster possible. Some distracting contact marks or blemishes in prime focal areas. Impaired mint luster possible.
  • MS-65BN Mint State. Mint State.
  • MS-65RB Mint State. Mint State.
  • MS-65RD Mint State. Mint State.
  • PF-40 PF-40. PF-40.
  • PF-50 Proof. Proof.
  • PF-60 PF-60. PF-60.
  • PF-60BN Proof. Proof.
  • PF-63 Choice Proof. Choice Proof. Few blemishes in secondary focal areas. No major flaws. Few blemishes in secondary focal areas. No major flaws.
  • PF-63BN Proof. Proof. Few blemishes in secondary focal areas. No major flaws. Few blemishes in secondary focal areas. No major flaws.
  • PF-63RB Proof. Proof. Few blemishes in secondary focal areas. No major flaws. Few blemishes in secondary focal areas. No major flaws.
  • PF-65BN Proof. Proof.
  • PF-65RB Proof. Proof.
  • 1809
  • 1,154,572
    • 1810

      1810

      Half Cents Classic Head (1809 - 1836) 1810
      Half Cents Classic Head (1809 - 1836) 1810
    • 215,000
    • 55
    • 1811
    • 63,140
      • 1825

        1825

        Half Cents Classic Head (1809 - 1836) 1825
        Half Cents Classic Head (1809 - 1836) 1825
      • 63,000
      • 55
      • 1826

        1826

        Half Cents Classic Head (1809 - 1836) 1826
        Half Cents Classic Head (1809 - 1836) 1826
      • 234,000
      • 55
      • 1828
      • 606,000
        • 1829

          1829

          Half Cents Classic Head (1809 - 1836) 1829
          Half Cents Classic Head (1809 - 1836) 1829
        • 487,000
        • 50
        • 1832

          1832

          Half Cents Classic Head (1809 - 1836) 1832
          Half Cents Classic Head (1809 - 1836) 1832
        • 51,000
        • 50
        • 1833

          1833

          Half Cents Classic Head (1809 - 1836) 1833
          Half Cents Classic Head (1809 - 1836) 1833
        • 103,000
        • 50
        • 1834

          1834

          Half Cents Classic Head (1809 - 1836) 1834
          Half Cents Classic Head (1809 - 1836) 1834
        • 141,000
        • 50
        • 1835

          1835

          Half Cents Classic Head (1809 - 1836) 1835
        • 398,000
        • 50
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