Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
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1840 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF obverse 1840 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

From 1840 through 1848 no half cents were coined for circulation, as the existing supply of earlier dates was sufficient to supply the limited demand for this denomination. For the benefit of numismatists and for presentation purposes, small numbers of proofs were struck each year, and these are known as either Originals (made in the year of dating) or Restrikes (made in later years).

The Original proofs of 1840-48 are characterized by oversize berries from a single reverse die that had these features enlarged by hand. They are thus readily distinguished from the subsequent Restrikes, which had normal size berries, known by contrast alone as "small."

Walter Breen, in his 1988 Encyclopedie, estimated that approximately 18 examples are known of the Original 1840 proofs. For some reason, the planchets for these coins were given a reeded edge but then struck within the normal, plain edge collar which almost completely obliterated the reeding.

NOTE: The characteristics of the 1840-48 proof half cents as either Original or Restrike coins remain similar throughout this date span and won't be repeated for each issue.

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Last Updated: 5/15/2020

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1840 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF BN
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 4250 4500 5250 8650 8750 21350 42500 - - - -
1840 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 19700 24200 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 12
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/22/2020 1840 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF BNC
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Total-----------------1----1
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1840 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF BN
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Total------------1-321-----7
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1840 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF RB
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF BN
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Base2312244025732711285430043082315932083240328833193556376141144273480250945399571860506396
2354248426192758290430303107317532183256329833983624387841674449489951955505582861650
0000003107317532183256329833983624387841674449489951955505582800
0000003133319132293272330834773692399642204625499652975611593900
1840 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2588272728723021317733403424350635593595364636803935415745364706527555885914625566096979
2634277529213073323133683451352335713612365737654009428345924895537956966027637367320
0000003451352335713612365737654009428345924895537956966027637300
0000003478354135833629366838504083440946495085548358056141649100
1840 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF RD
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Base2833298131353295346136333723381138673905396039964267450249035084568660166361672070947483
2882303231883350351836633752382938793923397240864345463549635284579661316480684472230
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0000003781384838923941398441764423476950235485590662466600696900
1840 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF BNC
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Base2428256026972840298931443225330433553388343734703715392742904454500053015615594362846640
2472260527442889304031713251332133663404344835513785404843444636510054055724605664020
0000003251332133663404344835513785404843444636510054055724605600
0000003277333833773420345936333856416943994818520055105833617000
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