1796 No Pole

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Notes: This was the only use of the obverse die. On this die, the engraver forgot to add the pole that normally supported the Liberty Cap. There is no trace whatsoever of the pole, either on the lower right side of the coin just above Liberty's bust or even on the short section in the cap behind Liberty's head. Most examples show a horizontal crack that bisects the obverse. The reverse die of this variety was also used on 1796 Cohen 2. PCGS Nos: 1030, 1031

Rarity: Very Rare, Less than thirty Cohen 1's are known, but of those, three are Uncirculated.

Catalog reference: Cohen 1, Breen 1, Breen 1518


  • Cohen, Roger S., Jr., American Half Cents: the Little Half Sisters, 2nd. Ed., Arlington, VA: Wigglesworth & Ghatt, 1982.

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