"Nine different varieties are known for the 1794 half cent coinage, with six additional subvarieties that are distinguished by either large or small edge letters. Few survive in Mint State grades. The C-9 die marriage features a head of Liberty with hair in much higher relief than normal. This obverse was used for three varieties, C-7, 8, and 9.
The sharp strike is evident on both sides, with tiny flan marks in the obverse and reverse fields. The flan marks remain from the original planchet stock before the planchet was cut, and well before the coin was minted." Source Heritage Coin Auctions
Designer: Robert Scot
Diameter: 23.5 millimeters
Copper - 100%
Weight: 104 grains (6.74 grams)
Edge: Lettered ("TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR")
Mint mark: None (all 1794 Half Cents were struck at the Philadelphia Mint)
"Edge not visible through holder and not identified by the label, but more likely the C-2a, B-2b or Small Letters edge (the Large Letters edge, C-2b, B-2a, is very rare when associated with this die pair). Manley Die State 2.0, with clashes at neck and cap but minimal negative definition at the far leaves on the obverse.
Though the U.S. Mint struck only copper coins (cents and half cents) in 1793, that facility expanded its repertoire to silver the next year. The emphasis, however, remained on the copper coinage, and 1794 brought with it several changes to the half cent manufacturing process. Roger S. Cohen, Jr., in his American Half Cents:
The Little Half Sisters, notes that 1794 marked the beginning of hub use in creation of half cent dies, and that half cent planchets, though they maintained the same weight as 1793 flans, had broader diameters and proportionally decreased thicknesses.
Of the nine die pairs and their main die varieties (discounting edge-lettering variants), two of them, C-2 (B-2) and C-9 (B-9) are the most readily available and the most popular with those collecting by type or Guide Book variety." Source Heritage Coin Auctions
Half Cent coinage types where never popular, and where even given a non-affectionate nickname, "Half Sisters"; during this era that was a negative connation. The coins barely circulated, mintages where often interrupted by low demand and copper shortages, melted for their precious metal content and an often changes in the design to make them more appealing to the public. In part, these design changes resulted in a large number of die varieties and marriages.
"It is believed that the Edwards copies were produced in the mid-1860s, either in London or New York. Breen notes that "the origin of this copy has been kept obscure." He points out that the first auction appearance was in W. Elliot Woodward's April 1866 sale, lot 944. It is thought that the copies were produced by Dr. Francis S. Edwards, based on contemporary commentary of E.J. Attinelli, who said "to him was attributed the appearance of several counterfeit pieces of rare American coins and medals."
In his Half Cent Encyclopedia, Breen described 10 distinct examples in his Condition Census for the variety. Half a dozen years later, R. Tettenhorst described four additional pieces that had appeared since Breen's reference was published. He also noted duplications in Breen's roster, and remarked that one of those in the earlier list is actually an electrotype of the Edward's copy. Among the new pieces was one described as "Uncirculated, with some red. In the possession of a Pennsylvania dealer in the summer of 1982." Source Heritage Coin Auctions