Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 266
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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1857 1/2C PF obverse 1857 1/2C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The figure of 266 proofs struck appears in Walter Breen's 1983 half cent encyclopedia, but it's unlikely that all were sold. Certainly fewer than that number exist today. He also reported Restrikes on slightly underweight planchets, but that attribution is speculative.

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1857 1/2C PF Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 3850 4100 4750 6850 9500 13850 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 4100 4400 5100 7350 10500 15750 - -
1857 1/2C PF Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 5100 5900 9750 12500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 5600 6600 10750 15000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 41
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66


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3/1/2000 NGC PF 65   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 1278, 1278/Lot# 1006 $5,136.00
7/27/2002 PCGS PF 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2002 July New York, NY Signature Sale #296, 296/Lot# 5830 $4,830.00
9/7/2011 NGC PF 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1159/Lot# 3111 $5,031.25
1/8/2014 PCGS PF 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1201/Lot# 3311 $4,406.25
1/26/2014 PCGS PF 66   Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 227 $9,487.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 1/2C PF Brown
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Base2933300630813157323533133394347635593644373038174004416046464771509154055801613667028705
2957303131063183326133403421350335873672375938794056432246874877519555375912632473690
0000003421350335873672375938794056432246874877519555375912632400
0000003448353136153701378839414108448447294984530056696024651300
1857 1/2C PF Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base32623342342235043588367337603848393840304122421744174585510752415584592063437145889911129
3288336834493532361637023789387839684060415342834473475951515355569660616610772996420
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0000003818390839994091418543504529493351965469580862026877831400
1857 1/2C PF Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base35513635372138093898398840814175427043674465456547784956550856506012636768147545911611209
3579366337503838392840194112420643024399449846364837514055555770613065167057806898130
0000004112420643024399449846364837514055555770613065167057806800
0000004143423843344432453147074896532456025891624866657301859200
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