Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 35,180
Catalog: KM-70
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.44 Grams
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
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1857 C-1 1/2C MS obverse 1857 C-1 1/2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Since the half cent was legislated out of existence early in the year, this date had a small mintage, most of which never left the mint and was subsequently melted. 1857 half cents are thus a bit scarce in overall numbers compared to most other dates of this type, though they enjoy a very high percentage of Mint State pieces. A fair number of these retain attractive red or red-brown color.

Typical of Braided Hair Half Cents, only a single pair of dies was employed in this date's production, Walter Breen's finding of a second reverse no longer being endorsed by specialists. The date logotype is quite large in comparison to most coins of this series, with the sole exception of 1853. Half cents of 1857 frequently display weak strikes on part of the reverse, as well as the incomplete denticles so common to this coin type.

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1857 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
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Base $ 60.00 78.00 90.00 125 170 170 235 245 260 305 345 380 435 600 815 1775 - - - - -
$ 200 250 265 290 330 375 430 500 660 1025 2875 - - -
1857 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 550 825 1250 2900 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 610 925 1650 3350 - - -
1857 C-1 1/2C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1300 3425 7200 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1500 4000 8000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 563
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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11/26/1997 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 1001, 1001/Lot# 1006 $572.25
7/23/2007 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 161, 166/Lot# 35 $920.00
9/23/2007 NGC MS 62   Brown Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2079 $437.00
2/2/2012 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1167/Lot# 3055 $1,495.00
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 62   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 8115 $352.50
4/21/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/21/2013, 71/Lot# 111233 $101.20
6/3/2014 PCGS   Brown Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3323 $195.05
7/13/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131429/Lot# 26299 $182.13


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
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Base11591833043203364014635125445916206637257831138195723393240456865519549
531672233093253574214795225596006346837449011411208426393682522975500
0000004214795225596006346837449011411208426393682522900
00000044249553357561064870476310191684221129394125589000
1857 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
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Base111111111151942923544846709491369200929934524111
11111113914122631239754676310891582233735034524110
00000013914122631239754676310891582233735034524100
00000017716725933344060885612291795266540134524100
1857 C-1 1/2C MS Red
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Base1111111117127540448270910631450289038176007978415709254121
111111157205318430557827119219303199454772661175918943254120
00000015720531843055782711921930319945477266117591894300
000000111424036145663394513212410350852778525137342217700
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Grade: MS 64 BN
Points: 1333
Owner: FredFred
 
Grade: MS 64 BN
Points: 1138
Owner: kathy&barry
 
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