1797 Liberty Cap Half Cents : 1 Above 1 - Plain Edge

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Mintage: N/A
Minted at: Philadelphia

Designer - Engraver: Robert Scot
Metal Composition: 100% Copper

Diameter: 23.5 mm
Mass / Weight: 6.74 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1797 Liberty cap Half Cent Penny - 1 Above 1 Error
One major variety of the 1797 Liberty Cap Half Cent (Penny) features a number "1" above the normal "1" in the 1797 date and also has a plain edge. An example of this error is depicted in the image above. This was the result of the engraver making a mistake by first punching the number "1" too high and then realizing it was too high. Rather than throwing the die out - the engraver simply punched the date lower and leave the error where it was. Nowadays a die with a mistake on it would simply be thrown out. Although back in 1797 the die steel was too expensive and too much labor went into making a new one - So throwing out a perfectly good die was unacceptable.
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MELT VALUE: $0.0385

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