Classic Head Half Cents Coin Values and Prices (1809-1836)

How Much Is My Classic Head Half Penny Worth?

Classic Head half cent obverse and reverse
An example of a Classic Head half cent (1809-1836) in uncirculated condition. Image Courtesy of: Heritage Auction Galleries,

This coin value guide will give you an idea of how much your Classic Head half cents minted from 1809 to 1836 are worth.  The table below presents average coin values based upon the condition or grade of the coin.

History of the Class and Head Half Cent

The Classic Head half cent was designed by John Reich. originally misnamed "Turban Head" it was rumored that Lady Liberty was actually portrayed by Dolley Madison.

This gave birth to the name "Classic Head." Over the years, there have been several restrikes that occurred outside the mint using discarded dies. These restrikes are usually identifiable by raised lumps on the surface of the coin caused by rust on the die. Although there may be some small variance, each coin weighs approximately 5.44 grams, is composed of pure copper and has a diameter of 23.5 mm with a plain edge. The Classic Head half cent was replaced by the Coronet Head half cent beginning in 1840. From 1837 until 1839, demand for half cents declined rapidly and no half cents were minted.

Market Analysis

Most circulated Classic Head half cents are reasonably priced for the beginner or intermediate collector. Most uncirculated coins will be worth at least $200. There are six years that also produced proof coins with the 1836 being only minted in proof.

Condition or Grade Examples

If your coin is worn and looks similar to the one illustrated in the link below, it is considered a circulated coin.

  • Photo of a Circulated Classic Head Half Penny

If your coin looks similar to the one illustrated in the link below and has no evidence of wear due to being in circulation, it is considered an uncirculated coin.

  • Photo of an Uncirculated Classic Head Half Cent

Mint Marks

All Classic Head half cents were produced in Philadelphia and do not have a mint mark.

Classic Head half cents Average Values

The following table lists the sell value (what you can expect a dealer to pay to you if you sell the coin). The first column lists the date followed by the sell value for an average circulated Classic Head half cent. All circulated values assume that the date is readable and not completely worn off the face of the coin. The column lists the sell value for an average uncirculated coin. These are approximate wholesale values. The actual offer you receive from a particular coin dealer will vary depending on the actual grade of the coin and a number of other factors that determine its worth.

Date & VarietyCirculated Uncirculated
BuySell BuySell
1809 BN$72.00$35.00 $800.00$600.00
1809 9 over 6 BN$80.00$40.00 $1,300.00$800.00
1809 9 over 6 RB-- --
1809 Circle Inside 0 BN$100.00$50.00 $3,000.00$2,000.00
1810 BN$90.00$40.00 $2,100.00$1,500.00
1811 BN$1,000.00$500.00 $45,000.00$30,000.00
1825 BN$68.00$35.00 $900.00$700.00
1826 BN$63.00$33.00 $520.00$350.00
1828 13 Stars BN$62.00$30.00 $320.00$220.00
1828 13 Stars RB-- $400.00$290.00
1828 13 Stars RD-- $490.00$360.00
1828 12 Stars BN$80.00$40.00 $1,000.00$600.00
1829 BN$63.00$32.00 $370.00$260.00
1829 RB-- $660.00$490.00
1831 BN$4,100.00$2,000.00 --
1831 Proof BN-- $20,000.00$15,000.00
1832 BN$61.00$30.00 $340.00$230.00
1832 Proof BN-- --
Date & VarietyCirculated Uncirculated
BuySell BuySell
1833 BN$62.00$31.00 $290.00$200.00
1833 RB-- $440.00$300.00
1833 RD-- $600.00$420.00
1833 Proof BN-- $3,600.00$2,500.00
1833 Proof RB-- $5,000.00$3,400.00
1834 BN$59.00$28.00 $320.00$220.00
1834 RB-- $340.00$250.00
1834 Proof BN-- $3,300.00$2,300.00
1834 Proof RB-- --
1835 BN$61.00$30.00 $300.00$200.00
1835 RB-- $350.00$260.00
1835 RD-- $610.00$440.00
1835 Proof BN-- $5,200.00$3,700.00
1835 Proof RB-- $6,100.00$4,200.00
1836 Proof BN$3,000.00$1,500.00 $5,200.00$3,800.00
Date Set

Total Coins: 13
$8,500.00$4,500.00 $79,000.00$55,000.00

"-" = Columns with a dash indicate that not enough data is available to give an estimated value. This does not necessarily mean that the coin is rare or expensive.
Proof = Values and prices for a proof specimen.
BN = Brown Copper Color
RB = Red Brown Copper Color 
RD = Red Copper Color 

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