Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 266
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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1857 1/2C PF obverse 1857 1/2C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The figure of 266 proofs struck appears in Walter Breen's 1983 half cent encyclopedia, but it's unlikely that all were sold. Certainly fewer than that number exist today. He also reported Restrikes on slightly underweight planchets, but that attribution is speculative.

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1857 1/2C PF Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 3850 4100 4750 6850 9500 13850 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 4100 4400 5100 7350 10500 15750 - -
1857 1/2C PF Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 5100 5900 9750 12500 18500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 5600 6600 10750 15000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 40
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66


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3/1/2000 NGC PF 65   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 1278, 1278/Lot# 1006 $5,136.00
9/26/2002 PCGS PF 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2002 September Long Beach Signature Sale #300, 300/Lot# 5111 $3,680.00
1/3/2007 NGC PF 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 337 $4,312.50
1/9/2013 NGC PF 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1181/Lot# 5757 $4,700.00
1/26/2014 PCGS PF 65   Red Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 228 $12,075.00
6/23/2014 NGC PF 66   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30017 $14,100.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 1/2C PF Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2401246725312600266527352807287229483021309931723386348637304389504958976237659171860
2423248825542621268827592828289729723047312332433419356739494609533160106355678971860
0000002828289729723047312332433419356739494609533160106355678900
0000002850292229963073314733143452364841694829561461236473698700
1857 1/2C PF Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2582264827162783285729283002307531513229330933883615385249125104565659906329668772930
2604267027382807288029523026310031773255333534633694420549765288576761036448688972930
0000003026310031773255333534633694420549765288576761036448688900
0000003050312532033282336135393773455850405472587862166567709100
1857 1/2C PF Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base35513635372138093898398840814175427043674465456547784956550856506012636768147545911611209
3579366337503838392840194112420643024399449846364837514055555770613065167057806898130
0000004112420643024399449846364837514055555770613065167057806800
0000004143423843344432453147074896532456025891624866657301859200
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