1802 2/0 Rev 1802 Draped Bust Half Cent

The early years of the US Mint were marked by a scarcity of resources. Working dies sometimes had their date modified to extend their lives beyond the year of manufacture.

All 20,266 of the 1802 half cents were struck from an unused leftover 1800 die, after a small 2 was punched over the second 0 in 1800 to read as 1802. In other words, every 1802 Half Cent is a 2/0 overdate.

The obverse die was matched with a couple of different reverse dies, creating two distinct 1802 half cent varieties.

The "Reverse of 1802" die has a stemless berry attached to the right branch of the wreath between the stem and lowest leaf pair. This feature is not seen on any other Draped Bust Half Cent. The "Reverse of 1800" die was the same reverse used on other Draped Bust Half Cents.

Of the two types, the 1800 reverse is by far the rarest. Only about 5% of the surviving 1802 half cents are of this variety. As you might expect, prices are very high, starting at around $25,000.

The coin featured on this page, having the 1802 reverse, is a highly collectible coin in its own right, yet remains within the reach of a bigger group of collectors, costing at least $1000 to purchase an example.

There is an interesting subplot with regard to the 1802 Half Cent. Numismatic researchers have uncovered evidence suggesting all them were struck from botched Large Cents (recorded by the early US Mint as "spoiled cents"). On a tiny few 1802 Half Cents (guesstimated to be a dozen or so), some Large Cent details remain visible where the re-striking pressure failed to eradicate them. As you might expect, these particular examples carry significant premiums.

1802 2/0 Rev 1802 Draped Bust Half Cent

1802 2/0 Reverse 1802 Draped Bust Half Cent
Coin Photos courtesy of Heritage Auction Galleries

1802 Reverse 1802 Half Cent Value Trend chart

1802 2/0 Rev 1802 Draped Bust Half Cent (G-4 Condition)

The blue line above represents the percent change since the year 2000 in retail value of the 1802 2/0 Rev 1802 Draped Bust Half Cent in G-4 condtion, starting at a baseline index of 100. The red line measures the overall direction of the rare US coin market during the same time period, as determined by the Rare Coin Values Index. The rise in value of the key date 1802 Half Cent rates below the Index performance. The 1802 2/0 Rev 1802 Draped Bust Half Cent is one of 87 coins tracked in the Index, which is updated monthly.


Members of the Rare Coin Values Index
Date Coin Type Grade Est. Retail Value Nov 2022
1793 Liberty Cap Left Half Cent G-4 4000
1802 2/0 Rev 1802 Draped Bust Half Cent G-4 900
1793 Chain AMERI. Flowing Hair Large Cent G-4 10000
1794 Starred Rev Liberty Cap Large Cent G-4 35000
1799 Draped Bust Large Cent G-4 6500
1856 Flying Eagle Cent G-4 6500
1877 Indian Head Cent G-4 600
1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent G-4 625
1914-D Lincoln Cent G-4 170
1922-D (No D) Lincoln Cent G-4 550
1864 Small Motto Two Cent F-12 425
1865 Three Cent Silver PF-65 1750
1884 Three Cent Nickel F-12 1150
1795 Flowing Hair Half Dime G-4 1400
1797 Draped Bust, Small Eagle Half Dime G-4 1500
1800 Draped Bust, Large Eagle Half Dime G-4 1500
1865 Seated Liberty Half Dime G-4 325
1879 Shield Nickel VG-8 575
1885 Liberty Nickel VG-8 675
1913-S Type 2 Buffalo Nickel G-4 325
1918/7-D Buffalo Nickel G-4 775
1937-D 3 Legs Buffalo Nickel G-4 475
1796 Draped Bust Dime G-4 3500
1822 Capped Bust Dime G-4 2000
1871-CC Seated Liberty Dime G-4 3250
1895-O Barber Dime G-4 525
1916-D Mercury Dime VG-8 1400
1942/1-D Mercury Dime VG-8 425
1875-CC Twenty Cent G-4 250
1796 Draped Bust, Small Eagle Quarter G-4 12500
1804 Draped Bust, Large Eagle Quarter G-4 4000
1823 Capped Bust Quarter G-4 40000
1870-CC Seated Liberty Quarter G-4 9000
1896-S Barber Quarter G-4 750
1901-S Barber Quarter G-4 4750
1916 Standing Liberty Quarter G-4 2900
1918/7-S Standing Liberty Quarter G-4 1150
1923-S Standing Liberty Quarter G-4 300
1932-D Washington Quarter F-12 90
1794 Flowing Hair Half Dollar G-4 5500
1796 16 Stars Draped Bust Small Eagle Half Dollar G-4 42500
1815/12 Capped Bust Half Dollar G-4 1750
1836 Reed Edge Capped Bust Half Dollar G-4 1250
1870-CC Seated Liberty Half Dollar G-4 900
1892-O Barber Half Dollar G-4 325
1921-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar VG-8 350
1938-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar VG-8 60
1953-S Franklin Half Dollar MS-65 FBL 27500
1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar G-4 75000
1796 Draped Bust Small Eagle Silver Dollar G-4 2000
1801 Draped Bust Large Eagle Silver Dollar G-4 1100
1836 Gobrecht Dollar, Name on Base, Circ. Issue XF-40 12500
1873-CC Seated Liberty Dollar G-4 12000
1879 Trade Dollar PF-65 6900
1889-CC Morgan Silver Dollar F-12 1250
1893-S Morgan Silver Dollar F-12 4000
1895 Morgan Silver Dollar F-12 (PF Only) 35000
1928 Peace Dollar F-12 225
1849-C Cl. Wreath Type One Gold Dollar VF-20 2350
1855-D Type Two Gold Dollar VF-20 25000
1861-D Type Three Gold Dollar VF-20 45000
1796 No Stars Capped Bust $ 2.50 Quarter Eagle F-12 64500
1808 Capped Draped Bust $2.50 Quarter Eagle F-12 53500
1826 Capped Head $2.50 Quarter Eagle F-12 13750
1838-C Classic Head $2.50 Quarter Eagle F-12 4500
1848 CAL. Coronet $2.50 Quarter Eagle F-12 37500
1856-D Coronet $2.50 Quarter Eagle F-12 14500
1911-D Indian Head $2.50 Quarter Eagle XF-40 3750
1854-D Indian Head Three Dollar F-12 32500
1795 Capped Bust Small Eagle $5.00 Half Eagle F-12 27500
1800 Capped Bust Large Eagle $5.00 Half Eagle F-12 4500
1808 Capped Draped Bust $5.00 Half Eagle F-12 3850
1821 Capped Head $5.00 Half Eagle F-12 32500
1833 Large Date Capped Head $5.00 Half Eagle F-12 22500
1834 Cross 4 Classic Head $5.00 Half Eagle F-12 1950
1861-D Coronet $5.00 Half Eagle F-12 25000
1870-CC Coronet $5.00 Half Eagle F-12 30000
1909-O Indian Head $5.00 Half Eagle XF-40 8000
1795 9 Leaves Capped Bust Small Eagle $10 Eagle F-12 105750
1804 Capped Bust Large Eagle $10 Eagle F-12 20000
1841-O Coronet $10 Eagle F-12 9750
1879-CC Coronet $10 Eagle F-12 22000
1911-D Indian Head $10 Eagle XF-40 2250
1930-S Indian Head $10 Eagle XF-40 31250
1859-O Coronet $20 Double Eagle VF-20 20000
1907 Wire Rim St-Gaudens $20 Double Eagle XF-40 11000
1921 St-Gaudens $20 Double Eagle XF-40 47500

See the 87 Index Coins