Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 40,430
Catalog: KM-70
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.44 Grams
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1856 C-1 1/2C MS obverse 1856 C-1 1/2C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

Though Walter Breen described two different reverse dies for 1856 currency half cents, this finding is largely accepted to have been in error. It appears that his distinguishing simply appears or doesn't depending on how well each coin is struck.

Another low-mintage issue, the 1856 half cent saw very little circulation and remains common. Many failed to circulate at all and survive today in Mint State, some with considerable red color.

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1856 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
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Base $ 55.00 72.00 78.00 85.00 115 115 165 175 195 220 230 275 360 475 650 1200 - - - - -
$ 135 185 195 220 240 255 300 400 525 725 1500 - - -
1856 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 425 565 1200 - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 470 625 4000 9700 - - -
1856 C-1 1/2C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1350 3500 - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1500 4500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 358
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65


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9/4/2000 PCGS MS 62   Brown Teletrade Auction 1353, 1353/Lot# 1003 $207.10
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 89 $833.75
10/23/2006 NGC AU 50   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 110, 115/Lot# 10 $126.50
4/28/2010 NGC MS 62   Brown Heritage Auctions 2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139, 1139/Lot# 7035 $299.00
10/13/2011 NGC AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 7055 $322.00
8/2/2012 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7057 $129.25
2/7/2013 NGC MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1182/Lot# 7066 $470.00
4/21/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/21/2013, 71/Lot# 111232 $84.70
8/15/2014 NGC XF 45   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3495, 6049/Lot# 20005 $105.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
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Base11111392552722883423954454775225516206847541013156321372993426461789093
371201772602773063594114554925315746417078401196175424223416490271490
0000003594114554925315746417078401196175424223416490200
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1856 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111111021712653204376098651252184327544176111
1111111341252022833594946949941449214632284176110
0000001341252022833594946949941449214632284176100
00000016814823330139855177911231646245037024176100
1856 C-1 1/2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111111061792723304696789901531226835235494865811
11111113613021029137653878211701776268641806548865810
00000013613021029137653878211701776268641806548865800
00000017115424131042260888613502022310448377603865800
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Grade: MS 61 BN
Points: 705
Owner: Aloha Nomad
 
Grade: MS 62 BN
Points: 684
Owner: Yevrah
 
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