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Gorgeous C-2, B-2 1794 Half Cent, MS63 Brown

1794 1/2 C MS63 Brown PCGS. CAC. C-2, B-2. Edge not visible through holder and not identified by the label, but more likely the C-2a, B-2b or Small Letters edge (the Large Letters edge, C-2b, B-2a, is very rare when associated with this die pair). Manley Die State 2.0, with clashes at neck and cap but minimal negative definition at the far leaves on the obverse.
Though the U.S. Mint struck only copper coins (cents and half cents) in 1793, that facility expanded its repertoire to silver the next year. The emphasis, however, remained on the copper coinage, and 1794 brought with it several changes to the half cent manufacturing process. Roger S. Cohen, Jr., in his American Half Cents: The Little Half Sisters, notes that 1794 marked the beginning of hub use in creation of half cent dies, and that half cent planchets, though they maintained the same weight as 1793 flans, had broader diameters and proportionally decreased thicknesses.
Of the nine die pairs and their main die varieties (discounting edge-lettering variants), two of them, C-2 (B-2) and C-9 (B-9) are the most readily available and the most popular with those collecting by type or Guide Book variety. This attractive, unworn example of the former is pleasingly detailed for the issue with rich violet-brown surfaces. Though a few minor abrasions are scattered on each side, with a single flaw of note located on Liberty's cap, the overall eye appeal is surprisingly strong for the grade assigned. Population: 5 in 63 Brown, 5 finer (11/08). EAC 50.
From The James Mossman Collection.
See: Video Lot Description(Registry values: P7) (NGC ID# 2223, PCGS# 1003)

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