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: 4/27/2021

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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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1855 1/2C C-1 MS RB
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1855 1/2C C-1 MS RD
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1160
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/27/2021 1855 1/2C C-1 MS BNP
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Total----------------1-----1
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1855 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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Base-1-416812201846886521321401948212----831
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Total-1-416812201846886521331401958513----837
 -0%-0%2%1%1%2%2%5%11%1%6%16%17%23%10%2%---- 
1855 1/2C C-1 MS RB
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Base-----------21225584524----220
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Total-----------21225585524----221
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1855 1/2C C-1 MS RD
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Base-----------1-3217112-----108
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Total-----------1-3217113-----109
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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Base20122027228832045048952755158665369573580210361271188627542985323035833964
20723727729936346350253556360866770875788011141476217528313067334837104162
00000050253556360866770875788011141476217528313067334800
00000051454357463168172278095811931681246529083148346500
1855 1/2C C-1 MS RB
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Base220237295320351484527575597620684745802102813691658216141264437476452345737
226256303330395498543582605641704764877114214651826281642304546492154026024
000000543582605641704764877114214651826281642304546492100
000000559590612663725783953125515621993347143334655507700
1855 1/2C C-1 MS RD
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Base237258320351381527575620642663725820908120617072124352544364764511056046133
2442793303614305435906276496847578491007137318462591382945454879527557806440
0000005906276496847578491007137318462591382945454879527500
0000006056356567047888791107154019853058413246554995543900
1855 1/2C C-1 MS BNP
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Base20923028231133646350755157560266771976490812061477212430093238344738174141
216247292319378478522559584624684734812100712961693241930853308357039254348
000000522559584624684734812100712961693241930853308357000
000000536567593645702749860110713871908271431623377369400
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 2161
Owner: Blackhorse Ent
 
Grade: MS 64 BN
Points: 1271
Owner: Liberty1776
 
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