Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 40,430
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
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1856 C-1 1/2C MS obverse 1856 C-1 1/2C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though Walter Breen described two different reverse dies for 1856 currency half cents, this finding is largely accepted to have been in error. It appears that his distinguishing mark simply appears or doesn't depending on how well each coin is struck.

Another low-mintage issue, the 1856 half cent saw very little circulation and remains common. Many failed to circulate at all and survive today in Mint State, some with considerable red color.

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Last Updated: 9/18/2020

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1856 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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Base $ 80.00 84.00 95.00 115 145 150 200 220 260 265 285 400 550 650 1400 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 600 850 - - - -
1856 1/2C C-1 MS RB
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1856 1/2C C-1 MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4500 12650 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 432
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65

The chart showing PrAg series, 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/22/2020 1856 1/2C C-1 MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1-126514720255345278555313-----389
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Total1-126514720255345278565315-----392
 0%-0%1%2%1%4%2%5%6%14%1%13%20%14%14%4%----- 
1856 1/2C C-1 MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------11113203-----39
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Total-----------11113203-----39
 -----------3%3%3%33%51%8%----- 
1856 1/2C C-1 MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------22-----4
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Total---------------22-----4
 ---------------50%50%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 1/2C C-1 MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base22023728830433643750256359763172575479395811591393212423152519273530483386
226254293315370459522574608662735767848102512371637218823832591283931610
000000522574608662735767848102512371637218823832591283900
000000543586620694744780903109213151880225124512663294400
1856 1/2C C-1 MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base237258311336366477539609642674774811847110313632197515855245909631468917506
244276319346403498562620653707786823932119016413184528056526044650670960
000000562620653707786823932119016413184528056526044650600
0000005866316637417998351018127619194171540257816179669900
1856 1/2C C-1 MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20324159123190339463537584648690920115922333427536757476140655617921933
243547801452403804885536056627671000151726314074549458786279655618390
0000003804885536056627671000151726314074549458786279655600
0000004225125686276768431079187530294720562060096417655600
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Grade: MS 63 BN
Points: 1159
Owner: johnpill23
 
Grade: MS 62 BN
Points: 958
Owner: Yevrah1
 
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