Liberty Cap Half Cent Coin Values and Prices (1793-1797)

How Much is My Liberty Cap Half Penny Worth?

Examples of Liberty Cap half cents.
Examples of Liberty Cap half cents. Image Courtesy of: Heritage Auction Galleries,

This guide is intended to give you an idea of how much your Liberty Cap Half Cent minted from 1793 to 1797 is worth.  The catalog below provides average coin prices and values based upon the condition of the coin.  If the coin has wear on it from being used in commerce, it considered "circulated." If it was never used, then it is classified as "uncirculated." The picture links below illustrate examples of each condition.


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.

​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.

Mint Marks

All Liberty Cap half cents were produced at the Philadelphia and do not have mint marks.

Liberty Cap Half Penny Average Coin Values & Prices

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 Liberty Cap 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 & MintCirculated Uncirculated
BuySell BuySell
1793 Head Left$5,900.00$3,000.00 $88,000.00$60,000.00
1794 Head Right$1,300.00$600.00 $36,000.00$26,000.00
1795 Lt.Ed.W/Pole$1,000.00$500.00 $23,000.00$16,000.00
1795 Lt.Ed. Punct. Date$1,100.00$600.00 $26,000.00$18,000.00
1795 Pl.Ed. Punct. Date$1,000.00$500.00 $18,200.00$12,900.00
1795 Pl.Ed. No Pole$900.00$400.00 $22,000.00$16,000.00
1796 With Pole$27,000.00$13,000.00 $150,000.00$110,000.00
1796 With Pole RB-- --
1796 No Pole$55,000.00$26,000.00 --
1797 Lettered Edge$3,400.00$1,700.00 --
1797 Plain Edge$1,000.00$500.00 --
1797 Gripped Edge$36,000.00$19,000.00 --
1797 1 Abv. 1, Pl. Ed.$900.00$500.00 $24,000.00$17,000.00
Date Set

Total Coins: 5
$37,000.00$19,000.00 $325,000.00$230,000.00

"-" = 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.

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