US Half Cent (Classic Head)  1809 to 1836
US Half Cent (Classic Head) 1809 to 1836

The US issued several different styles of half cents all the way up to 1857. This one is called the 'Classic Head' type with Miss Liberty's hair down in curls. Another type, called 'Braided Hair' or 'Coronet,' appears at this CoinQuest link.

Catalog values of classic head half cents run approximately like this:

worn: $60
average circulated (like our picture): $120
well preserved: $150
fully uncirculated: $800

worn: $35
average circulated (like our picture): $90
well preserved: $120
fully uncirculated: $400

Coins dated 1811 are extra rare, and catalog at about $2000 in average circulated condition.

There are other dates with unusual value behavior, notably 1831 and 1836, which require special numismatic (coin collector) expertise to properly evaluate. In fact, if you have a classic head half cent in well preserved condition, consider seeking a professional numismatist or a knowledgeable collector to evaluate your coin. Our guidance on CoinQuest is very approximate.

Coin: 6681 , Genre: United States
Requested by: Chance H, Sat, 29-Jan-2011 01:16:49 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 10-Oct-2013 02:07:54 GMT
Updated by Chris, appraisal ok, Sun, 09-Nov-2014 13:09:18 GMT
Requester description: 1835 On the front is a lady facing left With hair down to her shoulders and a head band that says 'Liberty'. 7 stars are to her left with 6 to her right. On the back it reads 'Half Cent' Surrounded by a wreath with a Ribbon tied at the bottom. Around the edge of the coin reads 'United States Of America'.
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From my understanding, the prices listed are for post 1827 half cent coins, and should be doubled for dates before then. $500 for a fully uncirculated post 1827, $1000 for a pre 1827 - frostywarp
FW -- Thanks for your input. We fixed the page at least a little. Since we are not a coin catalog, we report average values in order to spark detailed investigation if warranted. Varieties, proofs, errors, and tables of value by date and grade are beyond the scope of this web site. For US coins there are plenty of sites which give detailed info. That's not so true for non-US coins, ancients, tokens, and medals. Thanks for your interest in CoinQuest. - CoinQuest (Paul)




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