Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 129,694
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
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1853 C-1 1/2C MS obverse 1853 C-1 1/2C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Befitting its relatively high mintage, the 1853 half cent is among the most common dates of this type. Like all Braided Hair Half Cents, it is only rarely seen in grades below Fine; the half cent simply didn't circulate much after its discontinuance in 1857.

Mint State pieces are abundant, though these typically show little or no mint red color. However, some may display attractive gunmetal blue or emerald green, so a coin graded MS BN is not necessarily brown.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/14/2019

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1853 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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Base $ 55.00 70.00 75.00 90.00 125 155 165 200 225 245 255 365 430 570 885 1940 5500 - - -
$ - - - - 235 - - - 475 850 1300 3250 - -
1853 1/2C C-1 MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 450 725 1350 3000 5250 7500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2000 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1085
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing G series, 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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/3/2019 1853 1/2C C-1 MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-11424926242262108468157185198115383---1049
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--------------2421----9
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Total-11424926242262108468157187202117423---1061
 -0 %0 %0 %2 %1 %2 %2 %2 %6 %10 %0 %6 %15 %18 %19 %11 %4 %0 %--- 
1853 1/2C C-1 MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1418931---36
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Total-------------1418931---36
 -------------3 %11 %50 %25 %8 %3 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 65   Brown Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 809 $748.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 18 $259.90
1/6/2010 NGC MS 66   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 55 $2,530.00
11/3/2010 NGC MS 63   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 389 $322.00
12/9/2012 NGC AU 55   Brown Teletrade Auction 3395, 3395/Lot# 1017 $138.00
1/20/2013 NGC AU 55   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/20/2013, 58/Lot# 96198 $132.00
7/7/2013 PCGS AU 53   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/07/2013, 82/Lot# 123275 $143.00
7/7/2013 NGC AU 55   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131329/Lot# 20669 $141.00
10/31/2016 NGC MS 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1241/Lot# 7023 $881.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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Base20122027228833643746350253960967471573593310281271170723023984428747225189
20723727730437044647651456263168872280196511091416190528634085443248780
00000047651456263168872280196511091416190528634085443200
00000048952758665270172886799611901562210434234186457700
1853 1/2C C-1 MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base220237295311363477502539575653715754783106614212009300939024565490053805893
226256300328401485514551601674728764877118416172342330741234677506055510
000000514551601674728764877118416172342330741234677506000
000000527563627694741773972130318132676360443444788522000
1853 1/2C C-1 MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base237258320336395515539575620695774811856113815052124314940644768495817921933
244279325356435523551590645721786826950126017112466345442994831495818390
000000551590645721786826950126017112466345442994831495800
0000005636056707487998411044138319182807375945334895495800
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Grade: MS 66 BN
Points: 2302
Owner: Ben McQuaide
 
Grade: MS 66 BN
Points: 2302
Owner: SIVMA Trust
 
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