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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Last Updated: 2/13/2017

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1850 1/2C PF Brown
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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


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7/30/2008 PCGS PF 63   Brown Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 990 $9,200.00
1/5/2011 NGC PF 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(1), 1151/Lot# 3118 $5,031.25
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   Red Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 198 $63,250.00
1/26/2014 PCGS PF 65   Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 199 $43,700.00
5/12/2015 PCGS PF 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 May 12 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection III US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1228/Lot# 98014 $17,625.00


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