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Description and Analysis

Braided Hair Half Cents
1854 C-1 1/2C MS

Description & Analysis

The fairly large mintages of 1851 and 1853 for this little-used denomination greatly reduced the demand for additional half cents in 1854. Despite its small mintage, the 1854 issue is quite abundant in Mint State. A hoard uncovered around 1935 has provided a thousand or more such coins, some of them with pleasing accents of mint red.