Coin Specifications

Category: Patterns & Trial Coins (1792-1863)
Catalog: KM-Pn182
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1856 J-177 1/2C PF obverse 1856 J-177 1/2C PF reverse

Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society
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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Judd-177, Pollock-205, R.5.

Design. The regular half cent dies of 1856 but, continuing the metallic composition experiments begun in 1850 that would lead to the successful introduction of the copper-nickel small cents, the planchets for these pieces are copper-nickel, either 88:12 or 90:10. Struck with a plain edge.

Commentary. Records indicate two slightly different alloys, but they are impossible to distinguish from each other except by elemental analysis. The pattern variety as a whole, however, should be easily distinguished by the distinctive color of coins produced in copper-nickel alloy, a fact that was not lost on Mint personnel of the era.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Total Graded: 9
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 65

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
6/25/2001 PCGS PF 61   Teletrade Auction 1452, 1452/Lot# 1000 $2,514.50
7/27/2002 PCGS PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2002 July New York, NY Signature Sale #296, 296/Lot# 8474 $2,645.00
1/5/2011 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1151/Lot# 6571 $4,600.00
5/29/2011 PCGS PF 64   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1263 $4,082.50
4/24/2013 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5316 $3,818.75
4/24/2013 NGC PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1184/Lot# 3919 $3,055.00
9/22/2014 PCGS PF AU 50   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 107 $1,610.00

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