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
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 944
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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12/30/2014 MS 62  Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131452/Lot# 29003


Auction Prices Realized

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9/6/2004 NGC MS 63   Brown Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 80 $264.50
5/25/2009 NGC MS 63   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 378, 384/Lot# 15 $339.25
12/9/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Teletrade Auction 3395, 3395/Lot# 1016 $80.00
4/7/2013 PCGS XF 45   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131316/Lot# 24002 $96.35
9/22/2013 NGC AU 55   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/22/2013, 93/Lot# 135838 $143.00
3/2/2014 PCGS MS 64   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 793, 802/Lot# 1005 $600.00
8/1/2014 NGC VG 8   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3493, 6044/Lot# 20005 $30.55


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base18321226528233638143751555158663167471582010131303177628853902381751157468
19323027130035140046352756360164568875088411101461214632243902425058990
00000046352756360164568875088411101461214632243902425000
00000048953957461666070178594912061618251535633902468200
1853 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base220237288336381437477563609620674725774908125216582885390245655765888913844
2262543043514004505065786136386917418191023138720673224412349656806105410
000000506578613638691741819102313872067322441234965680600
000000534594616656708758863113715232476356343445365784800
1853 C-1 1/2C MS Red
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Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 1707
Owner: jacmitch
 
Grade: MS 64 BN
Points: 1333
Owner: JTO
 
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