Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 56,500
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
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1855 C-1 1/2C MS obverse 1855 C-1 1/2C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

As with all of the half cents coined for circulation 1849-57, production of the 1855 issue was achieved with just a single pair of dies for the date. The obverse features slanted numerals 5 only, while the cents of this year have either slanted or upright 5s.

Mint State pieces, many of them having generous amounts of red color, are plentiful. Typically, however, these are not fully struck, with weakness being especially evident in the border denticles.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/14/2019

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1855 1/2C C-1 MS BNP
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1855 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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Base $ 55.00 70.00 75.00 90.00 130 160 170 185 215 235 255 300 430 570 990 2500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 460 750 1550 - - -
1855 1/2C C-1 MS RB
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$ - - - - 240 - - 500 - 1300 - - - -
1855 1/2C C-1 MS RD
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1104
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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: 12/10/2019 1855 1/2C C-1 MS BNP
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Base----------------1-----1
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Total----------------1-----1
 ----------------100 %----- 
1855 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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Base---31489201139826511221351897913----781
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Total---31489201139826511231351908114----786
 ---0 %2 %1 %1 %3 %1 %5 %10 %1 %6 %16 %17 %24 %10 %2 %---- 
1855 1/2C C-1 MS RB
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Base-----------21215380523----212
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Total-----------21215380523----212
 -----------1 %0 %10 %25 %38 %25 %1 %---- 
1855 1/2C C-1 MS RD
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Base-----------1-3227212-----110
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Total-----------1-3227212-----110
 -----------1 %-3 %20 %65 %11 %----- 

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# 810 $719.00
11/11/2007 PCGS MS 63   Brown Teletrade Auction 2447, 2447/Lot# 1008 $291.20
5/20/2012 PCGS MS 63   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/20/2012, 23/Lot# 51962 $478.50
1/27/2013 PCGS AU 53   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 736, 745/Lot# 4002 $160.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 65   Red Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1469 $5,287.50
7/20/2015 NGC XF 40   Brown Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 30395 $65.00
2/4/2016 PCGS MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1232/Lot# 7019 $675.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 1/2C C-1 MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20122027228832045048952755158665369573580210361271188627542985323035833964
20723727729936346350253556360866770875788011141476217528313067334837100
00000050253556360866770875788011141476217528313067334800
00000051454357463168172278095811931681246529083148346500
1855 1/2C C-1 MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base220237295320351484527575597620684745802102813691658216141264437476452345737
226256303330395498543582605641704764877114214651826281642304546492154020
000000543582605641704764877114214651826281642304546492100
000000559590612663725783953125515621993347143334655507700
1855 1/2C C-1 MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base237258320351381527575620642663725820908120617072124352544364764511056046133
2442793303614305435906276496847578491007137318462591382945454879527557800
0000005906276496847578491007137318462591382945454879527500
0000006056356567047888791107154019853058413246554995543900
1855 1/2C C-1 MS BNP
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Base20923028231133646350755157560266771976490812061477212430093238344738174141
216247292319378478522559584624684734812100712961693241930853308357039250
000000522559584624684734812100712961693241930853308357000
000000536567593645702749860110713871908271431623377369400
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Grade: AU 58 BN
Points: 653
Owner: buckeyemike1129
 
Grade: AU 58 BN
Points: 653
Owner: dockj
 
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