Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 55,358
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
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1854 C-1 1/2C MS obverse 1854 C-1 1/2C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The fairly large mintages of 1851 and 1853 for this little-used denomination greatly reduced the demand for additional half cents in 1854. Despite its small mintage, the 1854 issue is quite abundant in Mint State. A hoard uncovered around 1935 has provided a thousand or more such coins, some of them with pleasing accents of mint red.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/31/2020

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1854 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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Base $ 55.00 70.00 75.00 90.00 150 180 190 200 220 235 280 300 430 570 1240 2350 11000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 875 1750 - - -
1854 1/2C C-1 MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 255 310 400 585 1200 2000 7750 8750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 775 1400 2150 - - -
1854 1/2C C-1 MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1300 2100 6500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2750 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 806
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: 2/18/2020 1854 1/2C C-1 MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-112106151411367445613614411956142---701
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---------------11-----2
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Total-112106151411367445613614512057142---704
 -0%0%0%1%1%2%2%2%5%11%1%8%19%21%17%8%2%0%--- 
1854 1/2C C-1 MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------171852174----99
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Total------------171852174----99
 ------------1%7%18%53%17%4%---- 
1854 1/2C C-1 MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------33-----6
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Total---------------33-----6
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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Base20122027228832050253957559762066369578382010211327204826715367574462826857
20723727729938151455158260563467472479588711231567225635705493592364740
00000055158260563467472479588711231567225635705493592300
00000056359061264968475480895412251808246344685618610300
1854 1/2C C-1 MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base22023729531135153957562064266370573579399012711886246446305563597365457198
226256300324414551590627649677715754859108414762079318649415700616467630
000000590627649677715754859108414762079318649415700616400
000000605635656691725774924117716812271390852525836635400
1854 1/2C C-1 MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base237258320336395575620663684705745774865105119692525429048175783620168207431
244279325356455590634670691718755804927135721543113446651395922640770240
000000634670691718755804927135721543113446651395922640700
000000649677698732764835989166323403702464154616062661400
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 2464
Owner: Ben McQuaide
 
Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 2048
Owner: Conly Rieder
 
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