Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 129,694
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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1853 C-1 1/2C MS obverse 1853 C-1 1/2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Befitting its relatively high mintage, the 1853 half cent is among the most common dates of this type. Like all Braided Hair Half Cents, it is only rarely seen in grades below Fine; the half cent simply didn't circulate much after its discontinuance in 1857.

Mint State pieces are abundant, though these typically show little or no mint red color (the coin illustrated is exceptional). However, some may display attractive gunmetal blue or emerald green, so a coin graded MS BN is not necessarily brown.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/11/2014

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1853 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
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Base $ 53.00 68.00 73.00 90.00 105 105 155 170 185 205 225 245 300 415 625 1075 2750 5250 - - -
$ 125 175 190 210 225 250 265 330 450 700 1500 3000 5600 -
1853 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 345 585 950 2750 5250 7500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 375 650 2850 5450 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 915
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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6/13/2004 NGC MS 65   Brown Teletrade Auction 1895, 1895/Lot# 1011 $852.50
9/6/2004 NGC MS 65   Brown Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 84 $661.00
6/26/2008 PCGS AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions 2008 June West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature Coin Auction #1110, 1110/Lot# 5049 $184.00
7/21/2008 NGC MS 65   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 267, 273/Lot# 23 $1,023.50
3/17/2011 NGC MS 61   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(4), 1153/Lot# 7090 $207.00
8/8/2013 NGC MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(6), 1188/Lot# 7043 $558.13
9/22/2013 PCGS AU 58   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/22/2013, 93/Lot# 137032 $297.00
6/3/2014 PCGS XF 40   Brown Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3319 $49.35


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
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371201511832162663223714034314615096016808031093153619282621406258900
0000003223714034314615096016808031093153619282621406200
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1853 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
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Base111111119816725831442658481111861730246438175764888213844
11111113312119727635147865993613671974291544666803105360
0000001331211972763514786599361367197429154466680300
00000016514422729538853173510611548221933665115784200
1853 C-1 1/2C MS Red
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Base1111111111111111111111
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Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 1707
Owner: jacmitch
 
Grade: MS 64 BN
Points: 1333
Owner: JTO
 
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