1811 P Classic Head Half Cents : Reverse of 1802 - Unofficial Restrike

Early Copper Half Penny

Mintage: N/A
Minted at: Philadelphia

Designer - Engraver: John Reich
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.):
1811 Classic Head Half Cent Penny - Unofficial Restrike Reverse of 1802
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.
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-63)
Proof
(PR-63)
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MELT VALUE: $0.0314


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