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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1060
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/11/2019 1853 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-11423926232261101467155180196113373---1026
-----------------3----3
--------------2421----9
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Total-11423926232261101467155182200115413---1038
 -0 %0 %0 %2 %1 %3 %2 %2 %6 %10 %0 %6 %15 %18 %19 %11 %4 %0 %--- 
1853 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1417921---34
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Total-------------1417921---34
 -------------3 %12 %50 %26 %6 %3 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/21/2008 NGC MS 65   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 267, 273/Lot# 23 $1,023.50
3/24/2010 NGC MS 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2010 March Fort Worth, TX Signature ANA US Coin Auction #1138, 1138/Lot# 7076 $747.50
8/11/2011 PCGS MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 9042 $460.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 63   Brown Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2054 $373.75
12/9/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Teletrade Auction 3395, 3395/Lot# 1016 $92.00
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 209 $4,370.00
8/31/2014 PCGS MS 64   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 213598 $558.80
2/4/2016 NGC MS 66   Brown Heritage Auctions 2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1232/Lot# 3506 $1,292.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 1/2C MS C-1 Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base18321226528233638143751555158663167471582010131303177628853902381751157468
19323027130035140046352756360164568875088411101461214632243902425058990
00000046352756360164568875088411101461214632243902425000
00000048953957461666070178594912061618251535633902468200
1853 1/2C MS C-1 Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base220237288336381437477563609620674725774908125216582885390245655765888913844
2262543043514004505065786136386917418191023138720673224412349656806105410
000000506578613638691741819102313872067322441234965680600
000000534594616656708758863113715232476356343445365784800
1853 1/2C MS C-1 Red
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Grade: MS 64 BN
Points: 1303
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: MS 64 BN
Points: 1303
Owner: JTO
 
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