2012 Half Cent Happening Varieties
I thought it was time to start a real half cent thread so here we go.
2012 HALF CENT HAPPENING VARIETIES
Here are the varieties for the 2012 Half Cent Happening in Buffalo. This is the 27th year of Half Cent Happenings. How many of you have attended all of them? The varieties selected this year have not been viewed for at least 20 years, and some have never been part of the Happenings. We will run the gamut from common to very rare. Most collectors should have a variety or two, so please bring yours.
The Happening will start right after the Reception on Thursday evening. Please come as early as possible if you have coins to show. Please have your coins in a holder if you do not want them to be handled or drooled upon. Due to the fact that we have two varieties with edge lettering this year, we are considering disqualifying any coin brought in an independent grading service’s slab. Any coins brought in slabs are also subject to being released from captivity. (Just kidding, Jim!)
1794 C1b: According to my records, we have not specifically selected a vaunted “B” Girl for a Happening. We needed to remedy that glaring oversight, so I chose the most common (oxymoron) of the 1794 edge letter variants. The 1794 C1b has commonly been judged to be a Rarity 6, but my research over the past few years has identified 35 examples. By my reckoning, that now makes the coin a Rarity 5+; still a very hard coin to locate. Oh…and half of the known population grades VG or less, so don’t be afraid to bring an ugly one!
1795 C2a: This variety was last seen in the Happening of 1987. This is a very aesthetically pleasing variety of half cent and is a Redbook variety known as the “Punctuated Date, with Lettered Edge.” Because of this, some of the nicest examples of the variety have been captured by members of the Evil Empire commonly known as Type Collectors. The coin is estimated to be a R3 so there are still plenty to go around. There are a couple of really rare die states, so bring them if you have them.
1804 C1: This variety has not been seen at a Happening since 1992. Twenty-five years ago, this coin was thought to be a R6. Many more have been found and it is now considered to be R3. Most examples of this variety are below Very Fine. It is also very hard to find a choice one.
1805 C3: This variety was last seen in the Happening of 1987. The coin is considered to be R4, but see how long it takes to find a Choice one! Finding a coin with nice color and/or surfaces is almost a Herculean task. If you bring a choice one, be prepared to receive several on-the-spot purchase offers! Most specimens are in low or very low grade, so don’t leave your ugly ones at home.
1828 C1: This variety has never been seen at a Happening. This is a common coin, but an uncirculated coin with red is very hard to locate. If you have an example of the EDS of this coin, please bring it. Most will not have seen one before.
1852 Proofs: The 1852 proofs have never been seen at a Happening. The Original Strikes with four large berries are exceedingly rare. There are over 100 examples of Restrikes with small berries, some of which are obviously from a later striking of the same two dies. The reverse seems to have been used to strike most of the rest of the first restrikes, although nobody knows exactly when that occurred. Certainly it occurred on more than one occasion, prior to 1869 when the dies were confiscated and destroyed. (Thanks to Rick Coleman, “official” keeper of knowledge of proof half cents, for the above information.)
Please e-mail me at email@example.com if you can help out at the Happening.
The Happening is almost in my back yard this year and this will be the first chance I've had to attend ever- can't wait. It will be nice to match faces with names that I've corresponded with in the past years. - And I will be bringing a few of the about mentioned half cents- see you in May
I really enjoy reading about the happenings in Penny-Wise. I hope to make it to one some day