Half Cents - Draped Bust
1803  1/2CPCGS AU-58 BN$ 2415
1804 PLAIN 4 NO STEMS Plain 4, No Stems C-13 1/2CNGC MS-62 BN1380

Half Cents - Classic Head
1835  1/2CPCGS MS-64 RDCU retail: 4000$ 2875

Half Cents - Braided Hair
1853  C-1 1/2CNGC MS-65 BNCohen 1 Variety$ 720
1855  1/2CPCGS MS-65 BN920

Half Cents - Braided Hair, Proof
1848 Restrike 1/2CPCGS PR-65 BNLow POPs, grey: 10000$ 11215

Cents - Flowing Hair, CHAIN Reverse
1793 CHAIN "AMERICA" Chain AMERICA  1CNGC Genuine BNVF Details, 20 bid: 25000$ 19550

Cents - Liberty Cap
1794 Head of 1794 1CPCGS XF-40 BNCAC!$ 5060
1795 PLAIN EDGE  1CNGC Genuine BN200

Cents - Braided Hair
1847  1CPCGS MS-64 RB$ 1265
1856 Upright 5 1CPCGS MS-64 RB805

Cents - Flying Eagle
1858 Large Letters 1CPCGS MS-66 grey: 6500$ 6900

Cents - Indian Head, COPPER-NICKEL
1861  1CPCGS MS-65 grey: 1100$ 1150
1863  1CPCGS MS-65 grey: 800805

Cents - Indian Head, BRONZE
1864 L BRONZE  1CNGC Fine-15 BN$ Call
1886 TYPE 1 Type 1  1CNGC AU-58 BNCall

Cents - Lincoln, WHEAT Reverse
1909-S VDB  1CPCGS MS-62 RB$ Call
1909-S VDB  1CPCGS MS-64 RD2990
1910  1CPCGS PR-66+ RD10065

Two-Cent Pieces
1864 LARGE MOTTO  2CNGC Genuine RB$ Call


The half cent is the lowest face value coin struck by the United States. Its minting was authorized April 2, 1792. Before the first coin was struck, the Act of January 14, 1793 changed its weight from 132 grains to 104 grains. Minted from 1793 to 1857 with various intermissions in coinage. The weight was again changed to 84 grains January 26, 1796 and the coinage was discontinued by the Act of February 21, 1857. All coins were minted at the Philadelphia Mint. Types minted follow: Liberty Cap Type, Head Facing Left 1793; Head Facing Right, 1794-1797; Draped Bust Type, 1800-1808; Classic Head Type, 1809-1836; Coronet Type, 1840-1857.

Large cents were coined every year from 1793 to 1857 except for 1815 when a lack of copper caused no cents to be produced. They were to be twice the weight of the half cent. All were coined at the Philadelphia Mint. Numerous die varities exist. Types minted follow: Flowing Hair, Chain Type Reverse 1793; Flowing Hair, Wreath Type Reverse 1793; Liberty Cap Type, 1793-1796; Draped Bust Type, 1796-1807; Classic Head Type, 1808-1814; Coronet Type, 1816-1857 (Matron Head, 1816-1835; Young Head, 1835-1857).

Small cents were minted from 1856 to date. The 1856 Eagle Cent was actually a pattern struck to show Congress how the nickel cent would look. It is estimated that 1000 to 2000 pieces were struck in total and all are collected as regular issues because of their widespread popularity. These flying eagle cents were minted from 1856 to 1858. The Indian Head Cent was first struck in 1859. An intersting note is that the "Indian Head" is actually a representation of Liberty wearing an Indian headdress, not an actual Indian. Types minted are: Copper-nickel, Laurel Wreath Reverse 1959; Copper-nickel, Oak Wreath with Shield, 1860-1864; Bronze, 1864-1909.

The 100th anniversary of Lincoln's birth was commemorated with the issuance of the Lincoln Cent designed by Victor D. Brenner. The Lincoln type was the first cent to have the motto, IN GOD WE TRUST. Wheat head reverse Lincoln Cents were minted from 1909-1958. Striking of the MEMORIAL reverse started in 1959 and continues today.

The Act of April 22, 1864 included a provision for the bronze two cent piece. Its composition was .950 copper and .050 tin and zinc. This short-lived series ws struck from 1864 to 1873. All coins were minted at the Philadelphia Mint.