1834 1/2C Classic Head Half Cent PCGS Secure Gold Shield AU Details Cleaned Coin. An 1834 (Philadelphia Struck) Classic Head half cent graded About Uncirculated (AU) Details (Cleaned) by PCGS with the Secure Gold Shield label.This piece displays a light brown to brown copper color/tone and excellent visible details. The total mintage for this date: 141,000. Designed by Assistant Chief Mint Engraver John Reich, the obverse featured a profiled bust depiction of Liberty facing left with long curly hair. Thirteen stars encircle Liberty representing the original thirteen colonies with the date appearing below the neck.
The reverse features the denomination'HALF CENT' encircled by a wreath and'UNITED STATES OF AMERICA' encircling the wreath. Collectors will note this pattern was poorly struck due to the copper used during this time period, which was crude and impure. As a result, most issues circulated fairly quickly. Uncirculated and better struck pieces demand higher premiums. Parameters set for the Classic Head half cent were: a total weight of 5.44 grams of copper which featured a 23.5 mm diameter and plain edge.
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