Coin Specifications

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


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Description & Analysis

From 1840 through 1848 no half cents were coined for circulation, as the existing supply of earlier dates was sufficient to supply the limited demand for this denomination. For the benefit of numismatists and for presentation purposes, small numbers of proofs were struck each year, and these are known as either Originals (made in the year of dating) or Restrikes (made in later years).

The Original proofs of 1840-48 are characterized by oversize berries from a single reverse die that had these features enlarged by hand. They are thus readily distinguished from the subsequent Restrikes, which had normal size berries, known by contrast alone as "small."

Walter Breen, in his 1988 Encyclopedie, estimated that approximately 18 examples are known of the Original 1840 proofs. For some reason, the planchets for these coins were given a reeded edge but then struck within the normal, plain edge collar which almost completely obliterated the reeding.

NOTE: The characteristics of the 1840-48 proof half cents as either Original or Restrike coins remain similar throughout this date span and won't be repeated for each issue.

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1840 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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$ - - - - - 4400 4750 5200 5850 8150 16500 41500 - -
1840 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF Red Brown
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$ - - - - - - - - 6850 13250 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 11
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66


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9/10/1993 PCGS PF 64   Brown Heritage Auctions NGC East Coast Expo Bullet Sale #114, 114/Lot# 6 $4,785.00
2/2/1996 PCGS PF 64   Brown Heritage Auctions February 1996 Long Beach Bullet Sale #150, 150/Lot# 15 $4,180.00
9/26/1998 NGC PF 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 1998 September Long Beach Sale #192, 192/Lot# 5586 $5,865.00
1/23/2006 NGC PF 63   Brown Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Signature Auction #390, 390/Lot# 19131 $16,100.00
1/26/2014 PCGS PF 66   Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 148 $33,350.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF Brown
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Base2312244025732711285430043082315932083240328833193556376141144273480250945399571860506396
2354248426192758290430303107317532183256329833983624387841674449489951955505582861650
0000003107317532183256329833983624387841674449489951955505582800
0000003133319132293272330834773692399642204625499652975611593900
1840 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2588272728723021317733403424350635593595364636803935415745364706527555885914625566096979
2634277529213073323133683451352335713612365737654009428345924895537956966027637367320
0000003451352335713612365737654009428345924895537956966027637300
0000003478354135833629366838504083440946495085548358056141649100
1840 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2833298131353295346136333723381138673905396039964267450249035084568660166361672070947483
2882303231883350351836633752382938793923397240864345463549635284579661316480684472230
0000003752382938793923397240864345463549635284579661316480684400
0000003781384838923941398441764423476950235485590662466600696900
1840 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF Brown, Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2428256026972840298931443225330433553388343734703715392742904454500053015615594362846640
2472260527442889304031713251332133663404344835513785404843444636510054055724605664020
0000003251332133663404344835513785404843444636510054055724605600
0000003277333833773420345936333856416943994818520055105833617000
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