Description and Analysis

Braided Hair Half Cents

Description & Analysis

The style of numerals on 1846 half cents is unique to this date and denomination. The date appears to have been either hand engraved or punched into the dies with individual numerals of irregular fashion. It is quite crude and suggestive of what one typically sees on circulating counterfeits of the period, yet it clearly of Mint origin.

Walter Breen estimated that about 18 examples are known.