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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Last Updated: 2/10/2017

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1855 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 55.00 70.00 75.00 85.00 130 160 170 185 215 235 255 290 430 650 1200 2700 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 460 775 1550 - - -
1855 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 230 260 290 375 585 1050 1975 - - - - -
$ - - - - 240 - - 430 - 1475 - - - -
1855 C-1 1/2C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 300 350 550 1135 1750 5500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2350 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1068
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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5/31/2004 NGC MS 64   Red Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 44 $1,093.00
6/29/2005 NGC MS 64   Brown Teletrade Auction 2059, 2059/Lot# 1003 $440.00
2/17/2013 NGC MS 62   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/17/2013, 62/Lot# 50479 $498.30
10/20/2013 PCGS AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131344/Lot# 20004 $176.25
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 8060 $1,997.50
7/25/2014 PCGS AU 55   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3492, 6043/Lot# 22006 $152.75
8/24/2014 PCGS MS 65   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 818, 827/Lot# 775 $803.00
1/7/2015 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 9078 $881.25
3/22/2015 NGC XF 45   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131513/Lot# 29010 $123.38


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111139186201248308366401423456477575653735941139818122713387656318310
371201541912162683273774084344635096016808031093153621123100446165240
0000003273774084344635096016808031093153621123100446100
0000003463894154454705426277078721245167424123488504600
1855 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111111941592483014125728111186173025943933604111
1111111321151882653384656519361367201830404635604110
0000001321151882653384656519361367201830404635604100
00000016313721828337551873110611548230634865338604100
1855 C-1 1/2C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111111941592442984296279081477212433655286838511
11111113211518726234149572010971692253740056319838510
00000013211518726234149572010971692253740056319838500
00000016313721528038556181412871908295146457352838500
1855 C-1 1/2C MS Brown, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1220284185135248348406442494529719791868951104111341235134314571578
14223255101172281367418459505592743816895981107211671271138114970
000000281367418459505592743816895981107211671271138100
0000003143864304765176557678429231011110312011307141900
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Grade: AU 58 BN
Points: 456
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: AU 58 BN
Points: 456
Owner: pulver set
 
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