1809 Classic Head Half Cent. Cohen-6, Breen-6. Rarity-1. MS-65+ BN (PCGS). CAC. A warm halo of mint color emerges from Libertys cap band and around her head, fading into ideal frosty medium brown. The superb eye appeal matches the technical grade, with no marks of any significance present, just a dark spot of toning at C in AMERICA. A splash of toning above O of OF blends in. The strike is sharp enough to bring up the concentric lathe lines on Libertys portrait, though the stars at left lack their centers and the lettering of STATES isnt perfectly crisp. The crack across the portrait hub seen on Cohen-4 is also seen here, as it is on every half cent coined by both obverses. The tops of STAT are joined by a subtle crack, but no cud is seen above stars 9 and 10, placing this early within this dies life, equal to Manley 1.0. Chosen to illustrate the variety in Breens volume on half cents, this well-pedigreed Gem stands among the finest known of both the variety and date. From the D. Brent Pogue Collection. Earlier, from the Howard Rounds Newcomb Collection; Col. E.H.R. Green, by sale, en bloc, via B. Max Mehl, 1935; Col. E.H.R. Green Estate, June 1936; B.G. Johnson and Eric P. Newman, by sale, April 1943; Eric P. Newman, by exchange; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society, 1980; Missouri Cabinet Collection (Eric P. Newman and R. Tettenhorst); Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers sale of the Missouri Cabinet Collection of U.S. Half Cents, January 2014, lot 98, our sale of the D. Brent Pogue Collection, Part V, March 2017, lot 5064. Collector envelopes with attribution notes included.