1811 P Classic Head Half Cents : All Varieties

Early Copper Half Penny

Mintage: 63,140
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 - Varieties and Comparison
There were a few major varieties of the 1811 Classic Head Half Cent (Penny). Two of them deal with the style of the 1811 date. One variety had a wide date in which the numbers had more spacing between them. In particular: the first "1" in the 1811 date was further away and aligned higher relative to the "8". The close date featured the numbers closer together. The difference between the wide date vs close date is depicted above in the example comparison image.

The other major variety is actually an Unofficial Restrike using the reverse die of the 1802 half cent. The US Mint sold it's broken dies as scrap metal to a man named Joseph J. Mickley. Mickely used the rusted 1811 obverse die and muled it with an 1802 reverse die to produce about a dozen known intriguing but low quality restrikes. This is depicted below in the example image. Source of example image is courtesy of Heritage Auction Galleries:

1811 Unofficial Restrike Reverse of 1802 Classic Head Half Cent

Major Varieties:
1811 Classic Head Half Cent - Wide Date
1811 Classic Head Half Cent - Close Date
1811 Classic Head Half Cent - Unofficial Restrike - Reverse of 1802

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: $0.0318


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