All Half Cents minted from 1809 to 1836 feature designs by John Reich, a German-born engraver who officially joined the United States Mint in 1807. His design replaced the Draped Bust coinage and later became known as Classic Head pieces. The highest mintage of the Classic Head Half Cent series was actually the 1809 coins, of which over one million were struck at the Philadelphia Mint. However, a rare overdate variety known as the 1809/6 Half Cent exists and is strongly desired by many.
On the obverse of the 1809/6 Half Cent is a buxom Lady Liberty with curled hair, facing left. She is wearing a headband inscribed LIBERTY and is situated between thirteen stars, with seven to the left and six to the right. Below the bust is the date 1809.
The reverse displays a fully closed wreath of berries and laurel leaves encircling the denomination HALF CENT and the horizontal line below. Surrounding the wreath is the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
It seems a little strange that this coin has adopted the name 1809/6 Half Cent when no numeral 6 was ever punched onto the coin. The coin’s nickname implies that the final digit in the 1809 date has been struck over a 6, but this simply isn’t the case as no 1806 Classic Half Cent coins were produced by the Mint. If anything, the piece should be known as the 1809/9 Half Cent or the Upside Down 9 Half Cent because the digit 9 was originally stamped upside down, making it appear as though it’s actually a 6. Despite this, this variety is best known for being the 1809/6 overdate.
When the Mint realized that the 9 had been stamped upside down, it was quick to correct the error by repunching the digit the right way round, creating this rare and popular variety. The 1809/6 variety is also the only overdate from the Classic Head Half Cent series.
The 1809/6 Half Cent is a really interesting coin with a most unusual feature. It seems a little strange that the employees at the Mint didn’t realize the inverted 9 before striking the coins, but the plus side to this error is that it resulted in the only overdate in the Classic Head series. Having said that, getting hold of this variety is a real challenge because it has become so popular among dealers, collectors, and investors.
If your wish is to add the 1809/6 Half Cent to your holding, Capital Gold Group can help make it happen. We have sourced many examples featuring this overdate error for our clients and are more than capable of helping you to achieve the same goal. You can also rest assured that we only sell genuine rare coins that are checked thoroughly for their authenticity.
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