1831 1/2C Original, BN PR62BN

CERTIFICATION#: 02399801
PCGS#: 1186

Owner's Comments

C1

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: Proof 1831 Half Cents are found in three different versions:

1831 Original - right side of second S in STATES lines up with the tip of the leaf beneath (this same die was used later to produce 1832 Half Cents of the Cohne 1 variety).
1831 Reverse of 1836 - left side of second S in STATES lines up with the tip of the leaf beneath (this same die was used earlier to strike 1836 Original Half Cents); eventually this die becomes heavily cracked.
1831 Reverse of 1840 - reverse style of the 1840-1857 Braided Hair Half Cents

Considerable controversy exists over the status of the 1831 Originals.  Were they all struck as Proofs or were some struck for circulation?  The existence of numerous circulated examples suggests that some could have been struck for circulation, but they could just as easily have been Proofs that somehow entered circulation. 

 

Diameter: 23.50 millimeters Designer: John Reich Edge: Plain
Mintage: 10 Weight: 5.44 grams Metal Content: Copper
50
8,000
1
50+
8,040
53
8,200
53+
8,250
55
8,400
55+
8,550
58+
9,200
61
11,000
1
62+
12,300
63+
14,500
1
64
18,000
1
64+
19,500
65
25,000
1
65+
27,500

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR66BN PCGS grade

Matthew A. Stickney Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1907:1742 ($40) - S.H. Chapman - Allison W. Jackman Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1918:885 - Wayte Raymond - Howard Rounds Newcomb (valued by Newcomb at $32.50), sold privately in 1935 - B. Max Mehl, sold privately in 1935 - "Colonel" Edward Howland Robinson "E. H. R." Green Collection (appraised by F. C. C. Boyd for the Green Estate at $15.00 on 8/9/1937) sold in 4/1943 for $30.01 - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Coin & Stamp) - Burdette G. Johnson - Mary Hedgecock Sheffield - Doris E. Nelson - Toby and Doris E. (Nelson) Szymanski (the "TAD" collection) - Stack's 3/1975:848 ($2,700) - Paramount FPL #12, Winter 1976 (reportedly advertised with an assembled 1831 proof set from the Col. Green collection) - Paramount “Auction '79” 7/1979:151 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 31.1.3) - Goldbergs 1/2014:120, $155,250

2 PR65BN PCGS grade  
3 PR64BN PCGS grade
3 PR64BN estimated grade  
5 PR63+BN PCGS grade