1804 “Spiked Chin” Draped Bust Half Cent

The 1804 “Spiked Chin” Draped Bust Half Cent (Buy on eBay) is an easily identifiable and popular half cent variety. The variety is clearly identified by the thin spike-like projection extending from Liberty’s chin.

The unusual feature was created by damage to the obverse die during the production process, possibly from a screw or similar object. The variety is always in demand but examples are relatively plentiful, as the obverse was paired with a number of different reverse dies. Examples can be found in grades from well-worn to mint state.

This is one of numerous varieties emanating from the large mintage of 1804 Draped Bust Half Cents.

Coin Specifications

  • Designer: Gilbert Stuart
  • Composition: Copper
  • Weight: 5.44 grams
  • Diameter: 23.5 mm
  • Edge: Plain

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