1804 P Draped Bust Half Cents : All Varieties

Early Copper Half Penny

Mintage: 1,055,312
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.):
1804 Draped Bust Half Cent Penny Varieties - Differences and Comparison
There are numerous combinations of varieties of the 1804 Draped Bust Half Cent (Penny). Two major varieties feature either a crosslet "4" or plain "4" style within the 1804 date. The crosslet "4" has a small vertical line crossing through the right-side end of the "4" while the plain "4" does not. The differences between the crosslet "4" vs plain "4" are depicted above in the example comparison image.

Two other major varieties deal with the reverse of the coin. One variety features two stems at the bottom of the wreath while the other is stemless (no stems). The difference between the "with stems" vs "no stems" varieties are depicted below in the example comparison image of the coins:

1804 With Stems vs No Stems (Stemless) Draped Bust Half Cent - Difference and Comparison

There are 4 major varieties consisting of combinations of the above features. One other major variety is known as the "spiked chin" variety. This coin features a protrusion or a spike extending from the liberty head's chin due to a die defect - as depicted by the arrow below. In addition: ripples or wave-like features appear below the chin within the background as depicted within the circle below in the example image of this coin variety:

1804 Spiked Chin Draped Bust Half Cent Variety

Major Varieties:
1804 Draped Bust Half Cent - Crosslet 4 - No Stems
1804 Draped Bust Half Cent - Crosslet 4 - With Stems
1804 Draped Bust Half Cent - Plain 4 - No Stems
1804 Draped Bust Half Cent - Plain 4 - With Stems
1804 Draped Bust Half Cent - Spiked Chin Variety

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: $0.0317


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