1809 P Classic Head Half Cents : All Varieties

Early Copper Half Penny

Mintage: 1,154,572
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.):
1809 Classic Head Half Cent Penny - Varieties and Comparison
There were a few major varieties of the 1809 Classic Head Half Cent (Penny). The most common is the normal date variety which does not feature any errors in the 1809 date. The normal date variety is depicted above in the example image.

One major error is the 1809/9 (or 1809/6) overdate variety. This features an 1809 date struck over an inverted date. This results in a "9" struck over an inverted "9" although the inverted "9" simply looks like a "6" - hence sometimes known as 1809/6. Parts of the underlying inverted "9" are seen within and around the overlying "9" as depicted below in the example image of the coin:

1809/9 or 1809/6 Classic Head Half Cent Overdate Error

Another major variety features a small circle within the "0" in the 1809 date. This was the result of a large date struck on top of a smaller date which resulted in parts of the smaller zero showing up within the big one. This is depicted by the arrows in the example image of the coin below:

1809 Small circle (zero) inside large 0 Classic Head Half Cent

Major Varieties:
1809 Classic Head Half Cent - Normal Date
1809/6 (or 1809/9) Classic Head Half Cent - 9 Over Inverted 9
1809 Classic Head Half Cent - Small Circle Inside 0

Coin valuation chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth per grade or condition - in USD
Very Good
Very Fine
Extremely Fine
About Uncirculated

MELT VALUE: $0.0251

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