1803 Draped Bust Half Cents

Early Copper Half Penny

Mintage: N/A
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.):
1803 Draped Bust Half Cent Penny - Normal Date
One major variety of the 1803 Draped Bust Half Cent (Penny) is the Normal Date version. It is sometimes very hard to distinguish the difference between this variety and the "widely spaced 3" variety. The "3" is very slightly closer to the "0". The "8" is also farther away from the "0" vs the "widely spaced 3" variety which has a more closely spaced "8". The difference between the normal date vs widely spaced 3 date is depicted below in the example comparison image of the obverse of the coin:

Obverse of 1803 Normal Date vs Widely Spaced 3 Draped Bust Half Cent - Difference and Comparison

Perhaps the easiest way to identify and distinguish this variety is to simply view the reverse of the coin. Specifically note the spacing between the two zeros "00" in the 1/200 denomination fraction at the bottom. In the normal date variety - the space is actually much wider. Where as in the "Widely Spaced 3" variety - the double zeros are practically touching and are very closely spaced. The difference between the reverses of these two varieties is depicted below in the example comparison image:

Reverse of 1803 Normal Date vs Widely Spaced 3 Draped Bust 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-65)
Proof
(PR-65)
$75$100$158$333$994$1,536---

USA Coin Book estimated value of 1803 Draped Bust Half Cent is worth $100 in average condition, and more in higher condition. 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: $0.0383





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