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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1846 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF obverse 1846 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF reverse


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Description & Analysis

The style of numerals on 1846 half cents is unique to this date and denomination. The date appears to have been either hand engraved or punched into the dies with individual numerals of irregular fashion. It is quite crude and suggestive of what one typically sees on circulating counterfeits of the period, yet it clearly of Mint origin.

Walter Breen estimated that about 18 examples are known.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 8
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66


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1/23/2006 NGC PF 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Signature Auction #390, 390/Lot# 19137 $8,050.00
8/13/2006 PCGS PF 63   Brown Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 135 $7,475.00
7/30/2008 PCGS PF 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 1498 $16,100.00
1/8/2014 PCGS PF 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5110 $21,150.00
1/26/2014 PCGS PF 64   Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 176 $18,975.00
10/28/2015 NGC PF 62   Brown Heritage Auctions Missouri Curio Cabinet Half Cent Collection Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131599/Lot# 29063 $7,637.50


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