U.S. Half Cents 1793-1857 Variety Identification Guide, by Robert Powers

Proudly presented to you is the third volume of a new series of variety identification guides for Early American Copper coins. This volume follows Volumes One and Two (Early and Middle Date Large Cents), and covers all of the Cohen varieties for the entire Half Cent series, 1793-1857. Inside, you will find a collection of the highest quality, full color, high resolution modern photos available anywhere, which will make attributing your Half Cents easier than ever before. Careful attention to detail was considered in the selection of these photos for only those which show the greatest of useful detail in helping with your attribution. You will also find die state photos and information inside, whether the die state is important to making the coin easier to attribute or is important from a monetary value standpoint. This guide is written in classical attribution guide format, meaning that you are simply presented with a photo and description of each die. There are no complicated flow charts or confusing ‘step by step’ methods to slow you down. The descriptions of each die are in plain English, designed for those who are complete beginners, as well as those with an intermediate and advanced level of knowledge. Attributing Half Cents begins with taking in the whole picture of the coin. The position of all of the features relative to the other features on each individual coin should be taken in the same way that one recognizes the face of a familiar person. The positions of the stars, leaves, letter and number spacing, etc. are universal observations for every attribution. The descriptions will point out specific and unique or semi-unique features found on each and every die to further guide you. Also, the best kept secret in variety attribution are the dentil alignments relative to the stars and letters below them. Use the dentils as your compass. Once you dive in, you will understand this ‘compass concept’ all too well. Good Luck!

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