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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/19/2019

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1846 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF BN
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1846 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF RB
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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

The chart showing 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/25/2020 1846 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------2-112----6
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Total-------------2-112----6
 -------------33%-17%17%33%---- 
1846 ORIGINAL 1/2C PF RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1--1-----2
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Total-------------1--1-----2
 -------------50%--50%----- 

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