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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Last Updated: 2/13/2017

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1856 1/2C PF Brown
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1856 1/2C PF Red Brown
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 19
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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10/20/1997 NGC PF 65   Brown Teletrade Auction 0990, 990/Lot# 1012 $5,936.00
5/5/2004 NGC PF 62   Brown Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346, 346/Lot# 5116 $2,990.00
1/29/2007 NGC PF 64   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 124, 129/Lot# 10 $3,737.50
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
8/8/2014 NGC PF 65   Brown Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 3105 $6,462.50
5/12/2015 NGC PF 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 May 12 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection III US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1228/Lot# 98015 $8,812.50
8/10/2016 PCGS PF 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(1), 1238/Lot# 3054 $7,050.00


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