Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 56,500
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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1855 C-1 1/2C MS obverse 1855 C-1 1/2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As with all of the half cents coined for circulation 1849-57, production of the 1855 issue was achieved with just a single pair of dies for the date. The obverse features slanted numerals 5 only, while the cents of this year have either slanted or upright 5s.

Mint State pieces, many of them having generous amounts of red color, are plentiful. Typically, however, these are not fully struck, with weakness being especially evident in the border denticles.

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Price Guide

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1855 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
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Base $ 53.00 68.00 73.00 78.00 105 105 160 170 185 205 220 245 290 420 650 1050 2900 - - - -
$ 125 180 190 210 220 245 265 325 465 720 1350 3300 - -
1855 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 220 260 290 375 575 1025 1900 3400 - - - -
$ - - - - 240 290 320 430 635 1200 2250 3900 - -
1855 C-1 1/2C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 500 1125 1750 6650 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 600 1250 2250 11850 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 996
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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9/6/2014 MS 66   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1209/Lot# 3623


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11/3/1997 NGC MS 61   Brown Teletrade Auction 0994, 994/Lot# 1004 $163.50
12/15/1997 NGC MS 65   Brown Teletrade Auction 1006, 1006/Lot# 1005 $545.00
7/26/2003 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2003 July Baltimore, MD. Signature Sale #328, 328/Lot# 5139 $977.50
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 65   Brown Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 810 $718.75
1/10/2008 NGC AU 58   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 211, 217/Lot# 8004 $184.00
3/28/2009 NGC MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 7089 $373.75
4/21/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Brown, Prooflike GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/21/2013, 71/Lot# 111231 $125.13
7/25/2014 PCGS AU 55   Brown, Prooflike Stack's Bowers iAuction 3492, 6043/Lot# 22006 $152.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
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Base1111139186201248308366401423456477575653735941139818122713387656318310
371201541912162683273774084344635096016808031093153621123100446165240
0000003273774084344635096016808031093153621123100446100
0000003463894154454705426277078721245167424123488504600
1855 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
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Base11111111941592483014125728111186173025943933604111
1111111321151882653384656519361367201830404635604110
0000001321151882653384656519361367201830404635604100
00000016313721828337551873110611548230634865338604100
1855 C-1 1/2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111111941592442984296279081477212433655286838511
11111113211518726234149572010971692253740056319838510
00000013211518726234149572010971692253740056319838500
00000016313721528038556181412871908295146457352838500
1855 C-1 1/2C MS Brown, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base610616718623026833940443746149251561164879810301542220540646032931814556
3912617320024229136041544547149954762369887512001763282447207127110640
0000003604154454714995476236988751200176328244720712700
0000003824264534815075796357489521371198434445376822200
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Grade: MS 65 BN PL
Points: 1542
Owner: physicsfan3.14
 
Grade: MS 63 RB
Points: 1271
Owner: J. Franklin
 
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