Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 200
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
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1856 1/2C PF obverse 1856 1/2C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Walter Breen provided a figure of 200+ proof half cents for 1856, though it's clear that the number of survivors is in the several dozen. He also noted that perhaps a dozen Restrikes exist, but the features of these are not sufficiently distinctive to warrant separate labeling by NGC.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/28/2017

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1856 1/2C PF BN
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1856 1/2C PF RB
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 19
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/10/2019 1856 1/2C PF BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------2-551----13
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Total-------------2-551----13
 -------------15 %-38 %38 %8 %---- 
1856 1/2C PF RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1211----5
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Total--------------1211----5
 --------------20 %40 %20 %20 %---- 
1856 1/2C PF RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1------1
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Total---------------1------1
 ---------------100 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/20/1997 NGC PF 65   Brown Teletrade Auction 0990, 990/Lot# 1012 $5,936.00
1/29/2007 NGC PF 64   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 124, 129/Lot# 10 $3,737.50
1/5/2011 NGC PF 62   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(1), 1151/Lot# 3119 $3,220.00
12/22/2013 PCGS PF 64   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 149918 $5,175.00
1/26/2014 PCGS PF 64   Red Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 219 $14,950.00
2/3/2014 PCGS PF 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1202/Lot# 3017 $4,993.75
8/8/2014 NGC PF 65   Brown Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 3105 $6,462.50
3/6/2015 PCGS PF 64   Brown Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 13 $3,671.88


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