1797 P Liberty Cap Half Cents : All Varieties

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Mintage: 127,840
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 Varieties - Differences and Comparison
There were multiple varieties of the 1797 Liberty Cap Half Cent (Penny). Three of them had no errors and the liberty head was centered on the die in the standard position as depicted in the example image above. The only difference between them is that the edge of the coin had a different design. The most common was the plain smooth edge. Slightly rarer is the lettered edge which contained the words "TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR". The rarest and most valuable variety had a gripped edge with vertical lines similar to what a modern day quarter or dime would have. Depicted below is an example of what a lettered edge would look like:

1797 Lettered Edge Liberty Cap Half Cent Example

In addition: here is an example image of what a gripped edge would look like:

1797 Gripped Edge Liberty Cap Half Cent Example

The next variety had a plain edge but the liberty head portrait was misaligned and positioned much lower than normal. In fact it almost touches the date and is easy to identify. This difference between a normal centered head vs low head alignment is depicted below in the example image of the coins:

1797 Normal Centered Head vs Low Head Liberty Cap Half Cent - Difference and Comparison

The last major variety was the "1 Above 1" error. This coin features a number "1" over the normal "1" in the 1797 date as depicted below in the example image:

1797 1 Over 1 Liberty Cap Half Cent Example

Major Varieties:
1797 Liberty Cap Half Cent - 1 Above 1 - Plain Edge
1797 Liberty Cap Half Cent - Gripped Edge
1797 Liberty Cap Half Cent - Lettered Edge
1797 Liberty Cap Half Cent - Low Head - Plain Edge
1797 Liberty Cap Half Cent - Plain Edge

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: $0.0395


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