Half Cents - 1793-1857

This will begin the first of a long series of numismatic blogs. We have been writing blogs about government difficeincies and potential calamities with our US dollar. We have been talking about bullion, gold and silver being a way to protect your investments. Marty and I will continue to write on this, but as time warrants we would love to give you information regarding my true passion, the numismatic way to make money with rare coins. The numismatic market is down and it is a great time to buy because gold and silver is taking all the publicity. One of the things that I enjoy looking back, traveling to Baltimore, Long Beach, Orlando, and other great coin venues, is the information acquired. You really can't get this information in an office, where you really learn is being in a shark tank with eastern dealers. The first numismatic blog will be on half cents. I know I've been  writing blogs about many different coins since 2008, but this will be a more disciplined approach starting with the half cent.

HALF CENTS-1793-1857

“The Liberty Cap dies were attributed to Joseph Wright, a talented artist. He really didn't have time to design to many coins cause he died of yellow fever in 1793. The 1793 Liberty Cap head facing left was the first and only issue of this design. Half cents of this type are often light brown and on fairly smooth planchets, indicating a great deal of copper used, borders on both sides are raised beads, an unusual feature not later used in this series. Sometimes certain beads can be weak, but this is the exception, not the rule. Half cents of this date are usually seen in lower grades, AG-3 to F-12. Extremely fine and about uncirculated examples are rare and mint state coins are very rare.” The above comments on the Half Cents are taken from Q. David Bowers book called “Grading Coins by Photographs, An Action Guide for the Collector and Investor”