1804 Draped Bust Half Cent. C-11. Rarity-3. Plain 4, Stems to Wreath. AU-55 (PCGS). CAC. Type: Type IV: Draped Bust.Design: Obv: A draped bust of Liberty faces right, her hair tied with a ribbon. The word LIBERTY is above and the date 1804 is below. Rev: Design of 1802 to 1808. A wreath surrounds the denomination HALF CENT, the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around the border and another expression of the denomination, 1/200, below. A ribbon knot with double bow binds the base of the wreath.Weight Standard: 84 grains (5.44 grams).Diameter: 23.5 mm.Die Variety: Cohen-11, Breen-12, Gilbert-1. Obv: Plain 4, with no crosslet, the upright of the letter R in LIBERTY missing its right foot. There is a light die scratch in the field near the border at 10 oclock. This same die was later used in the 1804 C-13 pairing. Rev: Single leaf at the top of the left branch in the wreath, double leaf at the top of the right branch in the wreath; there are six berries on the left branch, five berries on the right branch. All of the Ts are normal, but the right foot of the letter N in CENT is missing. This is the only known use of this reverse die.Cohen-11 corresponds to the Plain 4, Stems to Wreath <em>Guide Book</em> variety of the 1804 half cent.Die State: Manley 1.0, the usual state. Obv: Perfect. Rev: Both the ribbon bows and the denomination HALF CENT are well struck. Close inspection with a loupe reveals a faint clash mark through the top of the final letter S in STATES that arcs to the letter O in OF.Edge: Plain.Mintage: Government records report a mintage of 1,055,312 half cents for calendar year 1804, although the actual number of coins struck from 1804-dated dies is unknown. Some of the coins struck during 1804 were likely from 1803-dated dies, and additional 1804-dated specimens were almost certainly delivered in 1805, possibly as late as 1806.Estimated Surviving Population for the Issue: 15,000 or more coins in all grades.Estimated Surviving Population for the Die Variety: Rarity-3: 200 to 600 coins in all grades.Strike: The strike is well centered and nicely executed overall with bold to sharp detail remaining throughout the design.Surfaces: Satiny, hard and predominantly smooth, this handsome piece exhibits intermingled swirls of flint gray to dominant autumn-brown patina. The only significant marks are concentrated on Libertys portrait, and all are minor and inconspicuous.Commentary: Although moderately scarce in an absolute sense, enough low grade examples of the 1804 C-11 exist to meet demand. Coins grading finer than VF are rare, however, and demand for them is strong given that this is the only die marriage associated with the Plain 4, Stems to Wreath <em>Guide Book</em> variety. To complete a basic variety set of half cents, therefore, one will need to acquire an 1804 C-11.This die marriage is virtually unknown in Mint State; the fabulous Norweb-Missouri Cabinet specimen in PCGS MS-64 BN so far remains unchallenged for CC#1. The present example is one of the few certified Choice AUs, and is the highest graded to have received a coveted CAC designation. An important bidding opportunity for the astute collector. From the ESM Collection.