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: 8/14/2020

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1856 1/2C PF BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 4000 4600 6500 11350 15000 32500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 6900 - - - -
1856 1/2C PF RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 5200 7850 10350 16500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 15500 - - - -

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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: 9/22/2020 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%------ 

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