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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1855 1/2C PF obverse 1855 1/2C PF reverse


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Description & Analysis

Sales of proofs continued to accelerate during 1855, as more Americans became numismatists and heard through the grapevine that proofs could be purchased for face value plus the postage cost, if ordered by mail. Thus, some 40 proofs of this date are believed to exist.

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1855 1/2C PF Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 3900 4150 5100 7050 9500 14500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 4150 4500 5500 7800 10500 15750 - -
1855 1/2C PF Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7750 - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 16000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 19
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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8/2/1997 NGC PF 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 1997 ANA Signature Sale #175, 175/Lot# 5823 $6,210.00
8/13/2006 PCGS PF 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 137 $5,175.00
12/4/2008 NGC PF 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2008 December Houston, TX Signature Coin Auction #1118, 1118/Lot# 34 $9,200.00
1/6/2011 NGC PF 62   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 547, 554/Lot# 5002 $2,823.25
2/3/2014 NGC PF 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1202/Lot# 5001 $12,925.00
2/3/2014 PCGS PF 63   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1202/Lot# 3016 $5,287.50
8/8/2014 PCGS PF 62   Brown Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 3103 $3,818.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 1/2C PF Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2933300630813157323533133394347635593644373038174004416046464771509154055801613667028705
2957303131063183326133403421350335873672375938794056432246874877519555375912632473690
0000003421350335873672375938794056432246874877519555375912632400
0000003448353136153701378839414108448447294984530056696024651300
1855 1/2C PF Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base32623342342235043588367337603848393840304122421744174585510752415584592063437145889911129
3288336834493532361637023789387839684060415342834473475951515355569660616610772996420
0000003789387839684060415342834473475951515355569660616610772900
0000003818390839994091418543504529493351965469580862026877831400
1855 1/2C PF Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base35513635372138093898398840814175427043674465456547784956550856506012636768147545911611209
3579366337503838392840194112420643024399449846364837514055555770613065167057806898130
0000004112420643024399449846364837514055555770613065167057806800
0000004143423843344432453147074896532456025891624866657301859200
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