slybluenote's Blog

28 Feb 2021

A 1804 Half Cent?

Coins-United States | slybluenote

As usual, good Sunday morning folks!

Today, I would like to share one of the "oddballs" I referred to in my last post. I won't be collecting very many more of these types of coins. My budget just won't allow it. I do have one more coin in mind which is the 20 cent piece and which I know the asking price is at least $200, but like a little kid, "I want one"! :-)) I think I'll blame this half cent piece on the Mega Red book. I first saw this coin in this publication. It will also reside in my special slabs box with the half dime, flying eagles, VDB's, reverse proofs, and the other oddballs.

This coin was minted in Philadelphia, PA., is 23.5 mm in diameter, has a plain edge, is made of 100 % copper, and weighs in at 5.44 grams. There were 1,055,312 circulation strikes made of this piece and it was designed by Robert Scot (https://www.coincommunity.com/numismatic_people/Robert-Scot.asp) who was the Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint at the time. There are many varieties of the half cent, but it is not a complicated coin to say the least. You can find this information and much more at:https://www.coincommunity.com/coin_histories/half_cent_1800_draped_bust.asp !

I would be remiss if I didn't explain why this post is shorter than many of my previous posts. I just finished reading CoinsByGary's post today, and it's had a profound effect on my thought processes, in a good way! I can certainly identify with his generational perspective. Back in the mid 70's I was embarking on a new way of thinking by learning about the impact of 0's and 1's on IBM cards and how they affected machine processes. As a matter of fact, did you know that it costs approximately 2 rolls of quarters to make a call from Miami, Fl. to Central New York during that time frame? That was a lot of money just to talk with your best friend for a little while. DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) would have a part in changing everyone's social media outlook on life for years to come, mine included.

As always, enjoy the pictures, stay safe, HEALTHY, and coronavirus free! Get your vaccination when possible! Talk to everyone again soon.

P.S. If you're ever down around Clarksdale, MS., stop in at Leo's on the Levee and have a bite to eat! Great food at good prices, as my brother and I found out!

Charlie aka slybluenote



Level 5

Beautiful coin!


Level 6

Beautiful coin! Thanks for a great blog Charlie! ; )


Level 6

Nice coin and blog


Level 5

Excellent coin Pally, I don't own any of those so I am a touch jealous. We used to take the bags of paper from punched out cards and spread them on the yards of people we wanted to mess with, as you remember, they were so small they couldn't be picked up or raked. Totally messed up a yard, yeah, we were deviants for the standards of the time. Lol. Excellent acquisition and blog.


Level 5

I love early circulated copper coins! Because half cents were what most people would have been spending in 1804, I wonder how many pockets this coin has occupied. I always want to know who spent the coin and what they spent it on. We can only guess. However, we get a pretty good idea when we research the coin and the series against the time in history this coin circulated. Nice coin, Charlie!


Level 5

Thats a beautiful coin!!!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Now you are making me want to go to a Juke Joint in Jacksonville, MS! I have a couple of 20 cent coins, I think I wrote an article about them a while back


Level 6

Now that is a hot coin. They are too pricey for me too. Nice blog. Thanks Charlie..

Mr. B Coins

Level 4

I love the coin. And, I love the story. You stay covid free too my friend. Thanks for sharing.


Level 7

Hey I want one to!! Or three. As long as you can swing it in your budget why not. I thank the Lord I don't get those coins that say buy me please buy me.. I have to get of the site. Face it there are coins we all want . But because of what's going on most of us buy on the net. Which means charge cards or Pay pal. . I like pay pal no interest if paid in full in 24 months. It varies. Some are six. Charge cards 28% interest plus shipping it adds up quick.thanks for a good blog. I read so and so bought this and in say me to. No!!


Level 5

Making me hungry for Leo's on the Levee. Never been to that state, but love fo find the good restaurants. Nice pictures. I don't have any half cents myself. Your 1804 is a nice one. I remember computer class and having a stack of cards to mess with. Amazing how things have changd.

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