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    1796 C-2, B-2 Half Cent, VF Details
    Key Liberty Cap Issue

    1796 1/2 C With Pole, C-2, B-2, High R.4 -- Corrosion -- NGC Details. VF. The mintage of 1796 half cents is divided between two varieties -- the scarce-but-available With Pole variety (C-2, such as the present coin), and the rare No Pole variety (C-1). While the exact mintage is unknown, an estimated total of just 1,390 pieces were struck. The surviving With Pole coins outnumber the No Pole pieces by a factor of about 4 to 1 -- together, they represent the lowest circulation strike mintage among all half cents, and the two varieties are the undisputed keys to the Liberty Cap series.

    This example shows light-to-moderate corrosion evenly dispersed throughout each side. Liberty's portrait is strong for the noted VF sharpness, with several hair strands defined and fully legible devices on both obverse and reverse. HALF CENT is only slightly weak compared to its surrounding wreath and legend. Semi-glossy steel-brown surfaces retain positive eye appeal. The coin is struck marginally northeast of center, with the rim and dentils somewhat weak at the upper-right quadrant. Our EAC grade VG8.

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    October, 2019
    17th-24th Thursday-Thursday
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