Although the Classic Head Half Cent is an interesting series, there are some dates that appeal more to collectors and investors, with 1832 being one of them. The 1832 Half Cent is an interesting issue because it boasts three varieties and followed a 3-year gap in the series. While we do know that this date is rare, there are no records to prove exactly how many 1832 Classic head Half Cents were struck by the Philadelphia Mint. It is, however, believed that only around 51,000 pieces were made.
The obverse of the 1832 Half Cent features Lady Liberty, facing left. She has curled hair and is wearing a headband inscribed LIBERTY. Thirteen stars representing the original colonies of the United States are situated around her, with seven to the left and six to the right. Below the bust of Liberty is the date 1832.
On the coin’s reverse is an elegant wreath tied together with a bow and surrounding the HALF CENT face value. The wreath is encircled by the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. As three different reverse dies were used to strike the 1832 Half Cent, there are three reverse varieties.
While three different reverse dies were used to produce the 1832 Half Cent, only one obverse die was paired with them. This means that all three varieties, which include the C-1, C-2 and C-3, have slightly different reverses.
The 1832 C-1 Classic Head Half Cent shows the tip of the highest leaf in the wreath just below the right side of the final S in STATES. Around 1,700 examples are known to exist, as well as between 4 and 8 proofs.
Unlike the C-1 Variety, the 1832 C-2 Classic Head Half Cent displays the tip of the highest leaf in the wreath under the letter E in STATES. No more than 1,750 pieces are believed to exist. Specimens in mint state can be found but not one known example shows the red color that comes with a newly minted copper coin.
The reverse of the 1832 C-3 Classic Head Half Cent is similar to the reverse of the C-1 variety with the tip of the highest leaf on the wreath just below the final S in STATES. This variety does, however, differ in terms of where the berries have been placed on the wreath. The C-3 1832 Half Cent is the rarest of all three varieties and an estimated 1,750 examples are believed to have been minted.
As the 1832 Half Cent comes in several similar varieties, we recommend you contact Capital Gold Group for expert advice on purchasing these coins. The differences between the C-1, C-2, and C-3 pieces are very subtle and have resulted in many collectors being confused over which coin they actually have. However, we can source any of the mentioned varieties and guarantee each coin for its authenticity.
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