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- 1811-P : Reverse of 1802 - Unofficial Restrike
1811 Classic Head Half Cents : Reverse of 1802 - Unofficial Restrike
Early Copper Half Penny
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.):
One particularly interesting and extremely rare variety of the 1811 Classic Head Half Cent (Penny) is the unofficial restrike featuring the reverse of 1802. This coin was not struck by the US Mint. Instead a man named Joseph J. Mickley privately struck the coins using muled dies. Mickley obtained the dies when the US Mint sold him the broken rusted dies as scrap metal in 1816. Using muling (combining different coin dies that were never meant to be together) - Mickely used a rusted 1811 obverse die with a rusted 1802 reverse die to produce lower quality restrikes. Only about 12 or so were estimated to have been produced. An example image of this is depicted above. Source of example image is courtesy of Heritage Auction Galleries.
The 1811 Classic Head Half Cent (Reverse of 1802 - Unofficial Restrike Variety) is worth $15,785 in average condition, and more in higher condition. Click here to learn how to use coin price charts. Also, click here to learn about grading coins. The Melt Value shown below is how valuable the coin's metal is worth (bare minimum value of coin). Click here to see the Melt Value of every US coin.
MELT VALUE: $0.0326
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