Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 55,358
Catalog: KM-70
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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1854 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
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Base $ 53.00 68.00 73.00 78.00 100.00 165 175 190 215 235 255 300 465 650 1450 3100 11000 - - -
$ - - 185 200 220 - 265 315 500 875 1750 - - -
1854 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 255 285 400 685 1450 2475 7750 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 775 1600 - - - -
1854 C-1 1/2C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 650 1300 2100 6500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2750 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 737
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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10/16/2000 PCGS MS 63   Brown Teletrade Auction 1367, 1367/Lot# 1003 $253.00
9/9/2009 NGC MS 62   Brown Heritage Auctions 2009 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1129, 1129/Lot# 7054 $253.00
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(1), 1188/Lot# 3036 $1,057.50
9/8/2013 NGC AU 55   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/08/2013, 91/Lot# 135760 $107.80
1/12/2014 PCGS MS 63   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131403/Lot# 24435 $423.00
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 64   Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 211 $1,725.00
5/11/2014 NGC MS 64   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 803, 812/Lot# 503 $550.00
7/17/2015 PCGS MS 64   Brown Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 4026 $499.38


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
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Base1111139175201248304360395420453477575653735941141019262804402658758705
371201511832162663223714034314615096016808031097158222183211464268180
0000003223714034314615096016808031097158222183211464200
0000003413834114424695426277078721253175425113618525800
1854 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
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Base1111111111919429535756563581111862041290342176401984215309
11111114014422731542658869393614712328334149457548116640
0000001401442273154265886939361471232833414945754800
00000017916926133649561175210611756261537795673869500
1854 C-1 1/2C MS Red
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Base1111111111111111111111
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Grade: MS 66 BN
Points: 2579
Owner: RClark
 
Grade: MS 64 RB
Points: 1483
Owner: The Mayor
 
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