1809 C-6 “Dbl Struck Brockage Maker” Classic Head Half Cent Coin 1/2c


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Mostly glossy chocolate and steel brown mixed with some darker shades of reddish chocolate at stars 2-7. The surfaces are smooth except for a few small spots of very shallow greenish verdigris on the reverse, mostly at AME. E-MDS, Manley state 2.0, with the reverse rotated 90 degrees CCW. It is difficult to determine exactly what happened to this piece, but a few things are fairly clear. The diameter is about a half millimeter larger than normal while the weight is normal at 84.0 grains. Also we can see that the reverse is badly blunted as are stars 8-13. And finally we can see incuse dentils on the reverse rim from the end of the wreath stem clockwise to over the D in UNITED. Bob Grellman guessed it was “double struck over brockage,” in the Davy Sale. He also said “Something else must have happened to make this piece look so odd and squeeze it to a larger-than-normal diameter”, Davy #09.6.13.

Ex Richard Gross (the Baltimore Collection via Ron Guth) 3/20/1983 – Davy Collection 9/2011

Year – 1809
Variety – C-6
Rarity – 1

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Weight 1 lbs
Country/Region of Manufacture

United States


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