Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Half Cents (1840-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 35,180
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
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1857 C-1 1/2C MS obverse 1857 C-1 1/2C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Since the half cent was legislated out of existence early in the year, this date had a small mintage, most of which never left the mint and was subsequently melted. 1857 half cents are thus a bit scarce in overall numbers compared to most other dates of this type, though they enjoy a very high percentage of Mint State pieces. A fair number of these retain attractive red or red-brown color.

Typical of Braided Hair Half Cents, only a single pair of dies was employed in this date's production, Walter Breen's finding of a second reverse no longer being endorsed by specialists. The date logotype is quite large in comparison to most coins of this series, with the sole exception of 1853. Half cents of 1857 frequently display weak strikes on part of the reverse, as well as the incomplete denticles so common to this coin type.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/14/2019

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1857 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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1857 1/2C C-1 MS RB
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1857 1/2C C-1 MS RD
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 636
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/10/2019 1857 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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Base--121691431120663329412983112----496
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Total--121691431120663329412984112----497
 --0 %0 %3 %2 %3 %1 %2 %4 %13 %1 %6 %19 %26 %17 %2 %0 %---- 
1857 1/2C C-1 MS RB
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Base----------2--155144141----127
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Total----------2--155144141----127
 ----------2 %--12 %40 %35 %11 %1 %---- 
1857 1/2C C-1 MS RD
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Base--------------4711----13
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Total--------------4711----13
 --------------31 %54 %8 %8 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Price
3/16/1996 NGC MS 63   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 1996 Mid-Winter ANA Signature Sale #153, 153/Lot# 6048 $275.00
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 62   Red Brown Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 752 $805.00
9/26/2011 PCGS MS 63   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 622, 629/Lot# 4 $494.50
8/5/2012 NGC AU 58   Brown Teletrade Auction 3323, 3323/Lot# 1009 $230.00
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14119 $822.50
6/22/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/22/2014, 200/Lot# 113804 $101.20
8/12/2015 NGC MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1223/Lot# 7053 $646.25
8/12/2015 NGC AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1223/Lot# 8702 $258.50
11/26/2017 PCGS XF 45   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131749/Lot# 21223 $146.40


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 1/2C C-1 MS BN
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Base237255304336489620674735754783847916974104413331658233530093255351638934298
243271315387533638694741764804870935997114014411884256030913342364240280
000000694741764804870935997114014411884256030913342364200
0000007157487738268939551021123715502109278431733429376700
1857 1/2C C-1 MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2582753363665396637157838118209009741066127115831886286031493406363940804485
26429534642458068073879281484792510051134137516842211295632353484378642150
00000073879281484792510051134137516842211295632353484378600
00000076080281787394910351203147917852535305333203561393300
1857 1/2C C-1 MS RD
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Base27830436639557570575482085687495810211124134519693080459149285281565461866755
28732537645561872177683286290297910551198155323393584470350465405583163760
00000077683286290297910551198155323393584470350465405583100
000000798844868930100010901271176127104087481651635530600900
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Grade: MS 64 BN
Points: 1658
Owner: FredFred
 
Grade: MS 64 BN
Points: 1658
Owner: kathy&barry
 
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