1831 Classic Head Half Cents : Original

Early Copper Half Penny

Mintage: 2,200
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.):
1831 Classic Head Half Cent Penny - Original Strike
One major variety of the 1831 Classic Head Half Cent (Penny) features the original strike. The reverse of this coin features large round berries on the wreath. The right side of the last letter "S" in the word "STATES" will line up with the tip of a leaf near the top of the wreath. The difference between the original strike vs first restrike vs second restrike is depicted below in the example comparison image. Source of example images are courtesy of Heritage Auction Galleries:

1831 Original vs First Restrike vs Second Restrike Classic Head Half Cent - Difference and Comparison


Coin value chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth in USD based on grade/condition
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)
--------$120,580

The 1831 Classic Head Half Cent (Original Variety) (Proof coin) is worth $120,580 or more. 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: $0.0315







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