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Important Late-State C-1 1800 Half Cent
Showing Cent Undertype, VF Details

1800 1/2 C -- Scratched -- ANACS. VF20 Details. C-1, B-1, R.1. Manley Die State 5.0. Last die state of the sole die pair. Shows the remnants of an undertype from a previously struck coin, located near AME on the reverse. The undertype remains from a cut-down large cent, and includes the tops of NIT. Chocolate-brown, unevenly struck. Moderately worn surfaces have numerous scratches on each side, concentrated at the tip of the bust. Walter Breen opined that only the first 1800 half cents were struck on planchets cut down from large cents or various tokens, but this late-state coin is unique counterevidence. It has been studied by leading half cent specialists, including Ron Manley, author of The Half Cent Die State Book. Manley also wrote an article about this specific piece that appeared in the January 2001 issue of Penny-Wise. Another article in the same issue was written by Ed Fuhrman, who discovered this piece.

This late-state coin is one of fewer than a dozen known 1800 half cents of any die state with visible large cent undertype. Remember that all 1802 half cents were struck on cut-down large cents, to the best of our knowledge. It is almost certain that this piece was struck in 1802, not 1800. The supply of prepared half cent planchets was exhausted in December 1800 and the next supply did not arrive until the end of 1803. All half cents struck between those dates could only have been struck on cut-down cents. We believe that this piece and a few others were struck at the same time as the first 1802 half cents, those with the 1800 reverse. Our EAC grade Good 5.(Registry values: P5) (NGC ID# 222B, PCGS# 1051)

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