United States Mint Classic Head Half Cents

Classic Head Half Cents Add History (and Copper!) to Your Collection

Issued from 1809 - 1836, Classic Head Half Cents were the third design in the series, following on the heels of the the Liberty Cap and Draped Bust Half Cents. Though struck at the Philadelphia mint, these 100% copper coins do not bear mint marks, and they are the same size and weight as their half cent coin predecessors.

Designed by John Reich, a German immigrant who became assistant engraver to Robert Scot, the Classic Head Half Cent was minted by the United States for nearly three decades. Scot’s obverse features Lady Liberty with rolling curls and a hair band inscribed by the word Liberty. The coin’s reverse depicts a delicate laurel wreath design, symbolic of American strength and victory.

This new half cent design was unveiled in 1809, after being issued on the Large Cent one year prior. And although the design was used until the mid-1830’s, the series included only thirteen differing dates. Half Cent coins were not minted at all in 1837, yet due to overwhelming demand for commercial use, many business-folk minted half cent rounds privately, and they were often accepted as if struck by the United States Mint.

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