1803 P Draped Bust Half Cents

Early Copper Half Penny

Mintage: N/A
Minted at: Philadelphia

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

Diameter: 23.5 mm
Mass / Weight: 5.44 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1803 Draped Bust Half Cent Penny - Normal Date
One major variety of the 1803 Draped Bust Half Cent (Penny) is the Normal Date version. It is sometimes very hard to distinguish the difference between this variety and the "widely spaced 3" variety. The "3" is very slightly closer to the "0". The "8" is also farther away from the "0" vs the "widely spaced 3" variety which has a more closely spaced "8". The difference between the normal date vs widely spaced 3 date is depicted below in the example comparison image of the obverse of the coin:

Obverse of 1803 Normal Date vs Widely Spaced 3 Draped Bust Half Cent - Difference and Comparison

Perhaps the easiest way to identify and distinguish this variety is to simply view the reverse of the coin. Specifically note the spacing between the two zeros "00" in the 1/200 denomination fraction at the bottom. In the normal date variety - the space is actually much wider. Where as in the "Widely Spaced 3" variety - the double zeros are practically touching and are very closely spaced. The difference between the reverses of these two varieties is depicted below in the example comparison image:

Reverse of 1803 Normal Date vs Widely Spaced 3 Draped Bust Half Cent - Difference and Comparison
Coin valuation chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth per grade or condition - in USD
Good
(G-4)
Very Good
(VG-8)
Fine
(F-12)
Very Fine
(VF-20)
Extremely Fine
(EF-40)
About Uncirculated
(AU-50)
Uncirculated
(MS-60)
Uncirculated
(MS-65)
Proof
(PR-65)
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MELT VALUE: $0.0323


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