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: 2/10/2017

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1856 C-1 1/2C MS Brown
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Base $ 60.00 75.00 80.00 90.00 125 175 185 205 250 265 285 370 450 725 1650 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 475 850 - - - -
1856 C-1 1/2C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 475 675 1800 10000 - - - - -
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1856 C-1 1/2C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1650 3950 - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 5000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 408
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65


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8/5/1998 NGC MS 62   Brown Teletrade Auction 1074, 1074/Lot# 1009 $196.20
10/23/2006 NGC AU 50   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 110, 115/Lot# 10 $126.50
9/6/2009 NGC MS 62   Brown Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2307 $3,738.00
7/7/2011 PCGS AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 7073 $253.00
11/25/2012 PCGS Genuine VF   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/25/2012, 50/Lot# 82770 $31.00
6/9/2014 NGC VF 30   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20009 $74.03
1/4/2017 PCGS MS 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(7), 1251/Lot# 8105 $1,468.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 1/2C MS C-1 Brown
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371201772602773063594114554925315746417078401196175424223416490271490
0000003594114554925315746417078401196175424223416490200
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1856 1/2C MS C-1 Red Brown
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Base111111111021712653204376098651252184327544176111
1111111341252022833594946949941449214632284176110
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1856 1/2C MS C-1 Red
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Base111111111061792723304696789901531226835235494865811
11111113613021029137653878211701776268641806548865810
00000013613021029137653878211701776268641806548865800
00000017115424131042260888613502022310448377603865800
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Grade: MS 62 BN
Points: 684
Owner: Yevrah1
 
Grade: MS 61 BN
Points: 620
Owner: ddr70
 
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