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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Last Updated: 9/18/2020

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1851 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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Base $ 80.00 85.00 95.00 100.00 145 150 185 210 225 275 300 335 450 675 1450 4250 - - - -
$ - - - - 240 - - - - 800 1900 - - -
1851 1/2C C-1 MS RB
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1851 1/2C C-1 MS RD
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 922
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: 9/15/2020 1851 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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Base--5938213931307914447515710774202----835
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---------------12-----3
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Total--5938213931307914447515710775222----838
 --1%1%5%3%5%4%4%9%17%0%9%19%13%9%3%0%---- 
1851 1/2C C-1 MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------51530162-----68
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Total------------51530162-----68
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1851 1/2C C-1 MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1774------19
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Total------------1774------19
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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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