Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 55,358
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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1854 C-1 1/2C MS obverse 1854 C-1 1/2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The fairly large mintages of 1851 and 1853 for this little-used denomination greatly reduced the demand for additional half cents in 1854. Despite its small mintage, the 1854 issue is quite abundant in Mint State. A hoard uncovered around 1935 has provided a thousand or more such coins, some of them with pleasing accents of mint red.

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Price Guide

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1854 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 53.00 68.00 73.00 78.00 100.00 165 175 190 205 245 280 515 625 1075 2850 11000 - - -
$ 120 - 185 200 215 260 310 590 875 1750 12000 - -
1854 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 285 390 650 1250 2700 3500 - - - -
$ - - - - - 310 430 740 1375 3100 4000 - -
1854 C-1 1/2C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 550 1200 1900 5000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 650 1450 2400 6000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 714
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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9/6/2004 NGC MS 64   Brown Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 86 $311.00
5/28/2009 NGC MS 63   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 379, 385/Lot# 8038 $379.50
4/26/2010 PCGS AU 58   Brown Teletrade Auction 2844, 2844/Lot# 1008 $218.50
6/1/2011 NGC MS 63   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1156/Lot# 7070 $345.00
5/30/2012 NGC MS 63   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 7131 $446.20
9/9/2012 PCGS XF 45   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/09/2012, 39/Lot# 66864 $80.31
10/17/2012 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 382 $1,955.00
3/2/2014 PCGS MS 63   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131410/Lot# 28018 $440.63
11/9/2014 PCGS MS 60   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131446/Lot# 25930 $182.13


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
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Base1111139175201248304360395420453477575653735941141019262804402658758705
371201511832162663223714034314615096016808031097158222183211464268180
0000003223714034314615096016808031097158222183211464200
0000003413834114424695426277078721253175425113618525800
1854 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111111919429535756563581111862041290342176401984215309
11111114014422731542658869393614712328334149457548116640
0000001401442273154265886939361471232833414945754800
00000017916926133649561175210611756261537795673869500
1854 C-1 1/2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111111111111111111
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Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 1483
Owner: The Mayor
 
Grade: MS 64 BN
Points: 1333
Owner: kanga
 
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