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PCGS Number: 1197 Coin Date: 1832 Denomination (Short): 1/2c Denomination (Long): Half Cent Desg: PR Mint Mark: P Composition: Copper Strike Type: Proof Coinage Type: Classic Head Coinage Years: 1809-1836 Mint Location: Philadelphia Diameter: 23.5 Weight (Grams): 5.44 Designer: John Reich Edge: Plain Edge Obverse Description: Lady Liberty is portrayed with a capped bonnet, facing left, in what is referred to as the so-called classic head style. The word LIBERTY appearing on her headband. 13 stars appear left and right in a 7x6 formation. Reverse Description: The words UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around the periphery surround a wreath framing the words HALF CENT. The wreath is tied by a bow at the bottom. General Notes: <p>
The 1832 Proof Half Cent is one of the most rare of the Classic Head
design, especially in gem condition, with single digit examples known and
graded as such.
Nevertheless, the original mintage is somewhat average for the series with
30 pieces struck. Overall this coin is virtually unattainable and
consequently quite intriguing to collectors of expensive earlier proof
copper. Collectors of toned coins may also like this issue since it seems
to present premium coloring when found with the brown color designation.
Bright red examples do exist as well, if that is what interests you.
PCGS #: 1197