Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 147,672
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
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1851 C-1 1/2C MS obverse 1851 C-1 1/2C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The higher than usual mintage of 1851 half cents is borne out by their great availability. Mint State pieces are likewise common, though quite often weakly struck. A number of examples may be found with mint red color from an old hoard, but these typically are spotted or stained.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/14/2019

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1851 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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Base $ 55.00 75.00 75.00 90.00 145 175 185 195 200 235 275 300 430 635 1350 3600 - - - -
$ - - - - 205 - - - - 800 1650 - - -
1851 1/2C C-1 MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 310 440 1150 1250 2600 - - - - -
1851 1/2C C-1 MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 800 1750 3750 45000 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 899
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

The chart showing VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/3/2019 1851 1/2C C-1 MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--4938213731287514047015310775191----812
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---------------11-----2
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Total--4938213731287514047015310776201----814
 --0 %1 %5 %3 %5 %4 %3 %9 %17 %0 %9 %19 %13 %9 %2 %0 %---- 
1851 1/2C C-1 MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------51530162-----68
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Total------------51530162-----68
 ------------7 %22 %44 %24 %3 %----- 
1851 1/2C C-1 MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1774------19
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Total------------1774------19
 ------------5 %37 %37 %21 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/20/2009 NGC MS 62   Red Teletrade Auction 2747, 2747/Lot# 1013 $776.25
1/30/2011 PCGS AU 58   Brown Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 747 $184.00
7/12/2012 NGC MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7045 $517.50
10/20/2013 NGC MS 63   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 774, 783/Lot# 402 $375.00
6/9/2014 NGC AU 53   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20003 $117.50
8/15/2014 NGC XF 40   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3495, 6049/Lot# 20003 $85.00
9/7/2014 PCGS VG 10   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 176501 $65.00
8/18/2015 PCGS AU 55   Brown Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 42116 $152.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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Base2012202722883514895155635866096206957747839901375200932813544382242214651
20723727730939749853157159461364572177785211181586243333693637395543640
00000053157159461364572177785211181586243333693637395500
00000054757860161667074878092112471798285734563729408800
1851 1/2C C-1 MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base220237295311381527575609631653663735838105118431928280734063694398444034817
226256300334430543586616638656687769909131518712221300735023791412445410
000000586616638656687769909131518712221300735023791412400
000000598624646660711804980157919002514320635983887426300
1851 1/2C C-1 MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2372583203364095656206536746957057838911505230233459234979510382109931186012776
2442793253604615836316606816987318191096177126505308942199911058611282121650
000000631660681698731819109617712650530894219991105861128200
0000006426676887027578551300203629977271960810186107891157100
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Grade: MS 64 BN
Points: 1375
Owner: Coin Maven
 
Grade: MS 63 BN
Points: 990
Owner: Fred R
 
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