Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 39,812
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
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1850 1/2C PF obverse 1850 1/2C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Among proof half cents of the Braided Hair type, the 1850 issue is second only to the 1849 Large Date variety as the rarest. The total is not that different than for the Originals of other dates, but the lack of Restrikes for this date and most of those from the 1850s limits the total number of proofs available for the year. Perhaps, a dozen or slightly more are known in all grades.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1850 1/2C PF BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 4200 4500 5250 7700 10000 18000 - - - - -
1850 1/2C PF RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 9375 15100 26000 - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 9
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/3/2019 1850 1/2C PF BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1--31-------5
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Total----------1--31-------5
 ----------20 %--60 %20 %------- 
1850 1/2C PF RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1-111----4
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Total-------------1-111----4
 -------------25 %-25 %25 %25 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/13/1999 PCGS PF 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 1999 ANA Signature Sale #208, 208/Lot# 6489 $5,750.00
2/24/2003 PCGS PF 64   Brown Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 60 $3,565.00
2/7/2013 PCGS PF 63   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1182/Lot# 3703 $5,581.25
1/8/2014 PCGS PF 63   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1201/Lot# 3310 $5,875.00
1/26/2014 PCGS PF 65   Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 199 $43,700.00


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