Featured The underrated US Half Cent...

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  1. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    I have a list of emperors from Julius Caesar (Caesar's official title was "dictator.") to Severus III who was the last emperor according to some. I have concentrated on early list from Julius Caesar to Constantine I (a.k.a. "The Great). I have all but four or five of the emperors on that list.

    Of course exactly who qualifies as an emperor is another question. The emperor Macrinus who ruled during 217 to 218 had an eight year son he made into an emperor just before both he and his son were assassinated. His son was "emperor" for only a few days. He is not not on my list although there were coins issued in his name.

    This the Chat forum so this is not the right place for this, but here is a sample, an Augustus Caesar denarius.

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    Denarius of Caesar Augustus, Obverse AVGUSTVS DIVI f, (son of divine (Julius) having been adopted by Julius Caesar.) Reverse: IMP X (emperor year 10, which would date this coin to the year 15 BC.)

    The charging bull seen on this and many other coins of Augustus is thought to be a reference to his father's victory near the Greco-Italian city of Thurium (Thourioi in Lucania) over a rebellious band of slaves. Denarius, Sears variety # 1610
     
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  3. halfcent1793

    halfcent1793 Well-Known Member

    Hundred. I hate autocorrect!!!!!
     
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  4. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    These are the half cents in my Type Set. I also have the complete business strikes 1849-1857 in AU grades and some miscellaneous Liberty Caps and Draped Busts that I picked up because I just like half cents.

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  5. Zako

    Zako Well-Known Member

    Nice I only have a 1793, 1809, 1835, and a 1855 half cent all of which I got from my grandfather who found them through total luck
     
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  6. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    I agree they are only one variety, and the C-3 was the one delisted, but technically the C-5 is actually the die stage of C-3. :)

    Did a quick look for a C-3 image but didn't find one. When Breen's half cent book was published only two C-3's were known but about a dozen are known now. One EAC member has acquired I believe at least three of them unrecognized on ebay.

    Thought of where to find one, The Missouri Collection in the Goldberg archives. The Missouri Collection had two of them. The first sold for $5,750
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    The second for $4,600
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    Then the dies came together with a small bolt between them badly damaging the obv die. It continued using the same reverse to make C-5.
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    Then with other reverses to make C-6, 7, and 8.
     
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  7. halfcent1793

    halfcent1793 Well-Known Member

    Good description.
     
  8. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

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  9. RonSanderson

    RonSanderson Supporter! Supporter

    Are you sure you’re not thinking of half dimes? They are really tiny.

    A half cent is close to the size of a quarter.

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  10. Gam3rBlake

    Gam3rBlake Well-Known Member

    Hmm maybe you’re right and I’m thinking about the half disme or the 3 cent silver piece.

    The silver 3 cent piece is tiny right? I imagine it would have to be since 3 cents of silver wouldn’t be much even in those days based on the fact it would be 1/33.3 of a silver dollar.

    I’ll be honest I don’t know much about lower (under a quarter dollar) denomination American coinage.


    Most of my experience is with silver dollars and half dollars.
     
  11. RonSanderson

    RonSanderson Supporter! Supporter

    You are quite right about the tree-cent silver. Here is the entire first page of my type set so you can see the relative sizes. The 3-cent is also thin, so it only takes up a little of the depth of the hole it sits in. You can see it sitting at a bit of an angle.

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  12. Gam3rBlake

    Gam3rBlake Well-Known Member

    Ah ok yup that’s definitely the one I was thinking of. I get the smaller denominations mixed up sometimes. I was originally thinking it was half cent sized.
     
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