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 RESTRIKE 1/2C PF obverse 1840 RESTRIKE 1/2C PF reverse


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Description & Analysis

The rarity of Original half cents dated 1840-48 prompted later proof strikings for the benefit of collectors during the years 1858-60. Scholar Walter Breen identified two separate issues of restruck half cents for most dates of the Braided Hair type which he called First Restrikes and Second Restrikes. The numismatic marketplace makes little or no distinction between these varieties, and thus NGC has labeled them all as simply Restrikes.

The Restrike half cents of 1840 and subsequent dates are easily distinguished from Original proofs by their normal size berries in the wreath. These details were not enlarged by hand in the die as had been the case with the originals.

It's believe that approximately 20 examples are known of the 1840 Restrike. Unlike the Originals, these were coined on normal planchets showing no underlying reeding.

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1840 RESTRIKE 1/2C PF Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 4150 4350 4850 5600 7400 13500 23500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 8
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66


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11/7/2003 NGC PF 66   Brown Heritage Auctions 2003 November Signature Sale #334, 334/Lot# 5050 $7,475.00
8/18/2004 NGC PF 66   Brown Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Signature Sale #352, 352/Lot# 5068 $7,762.50
5/28/2008 NGC PF 63   Brown Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 1737 $6,325.00
8/2/2012 NGC PF 63   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(1), 1173/Lot# 3060 $9,106.25
1/8/2014 NGC PF 66   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5108 $18,800.00
6/23/2014 PCGS PF 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30012 $25,850.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 RESTRIKE 1/2C PF Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2694283729863140330034673554363936943730378338174004416045504607509154055724605664026763
2741288630373193335534963582365737063747379438794056429045694768519555115834617165220
0000003582365737063747379438794056429045694768519555115834617100
0000003610367537183765380539414108442045884929530056175945628600
1840 RESTRIKE 1/2C PF Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3004315933193487365938393933402440834122417942174417458550045065558459206261661669867370
3055321233753544371938703963404340964141419142834473472450245238569660336379673971140
0000003963404340964141419142834473472450245238569660336379673900
0000003993406341094160420443504529486450445411580861476497686200
1840 RESTRIKE 1/2C PF Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3276344136123790397441644264436144244465452645654778495653995464601263676727710174917895
3331349836713851403741974296438244374485453946364837510354205646613064876851723176250
0000004296438244374485453946364837510354205646613064876851723100
0000004328440344514505455247074896525154425829624866076976736100
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