1804 Spiked Chin Cohen 6, NGC AU58 CAC w color
1804 C-6, B-6 Half Cent, AU58
Late Die State
1804 Spiked Chin, C-6, B-6, R.2, AU58 NGC. CAC. Our EAC grade AU50. 87.6 grains. Breen Die State XIV. Manley Die State 11.0. Fuhrman Die State 19. Nearly the latest die state that Ronald Manley and Ed Fuhrman record for this extremely popular Spiked Chin variety. Ebenezer Gilbert recorded eight die states, Thomas Katman described 11 in a 1974 Penny-Wise article, Ronald Manley identifies 12, Walter Breen recorded 16, Gene Braig identified 17 in his 1990 Penny-Wise article, and Ed Fuhrman lists 20 die states. Roger Cohen mentioned that die states exist, and illustrated early, middle, and late die states, but went no further. Some collectors have opined that there could be as many as 40 die states, while others state their belief that every surviving example is a different die state! That is technically true, but describing every coin as a different die state would be an impossible task. A few splashes and spots of deep steel-brown toning appear on the lovely tan and golden-brown surfaces of this piece that retains faded mint luster.
Ex: Howard Hazelcorn (7/20/1966); Donald G. Partrick.