Coins Certified as of 1/19

My Coin #90063975

1849 1/2C Small Date, Restrike, RB PR64RB

PCGS#: 1306

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: All Small Date 1849 Half Cents are restrikes. Breen believed that the Small Date resulted from the use of a logotype normally reserved for Quarter Eagles.  The reverse used on the 1849 Small Date Restrikes was the same utilized on all the so-called "First Restrikes" from 1840-1848 (this reverse is also known as the "Reverse of 1856").  So far, no "Second Restrikes" (or "Reverse of 1840") are known for 1849 Half Cents, though Breen speculated that they might exist.

In his 1988 Encyclopedia, Breen suggested there were fifteen examples of the Proof 1849 Small Date Restrike Half Cents, several of which were very old citations.  We've been able to identify ten demonstrably different examples, so it is likely that a dozen or more were made for collectors.  The quality of these piece ranges from a low of PCGS PR62BN to PCGS PR66RB.  No full Red examples are known to exist.

Diameter: 23.00 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Plain
Mintage: 15 Weight: 5.44 grams Metal Content: Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 6 R-9.7 4 / 31 TIE 4 / 31 TIE
60 or Better 6 R-9.7 4 / 31 TIE 4 / 31 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 31 TIE 1 / 31 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR66RB PCGS grade
2 PR65RB PCGS grade
3 PR64RB PCGS grade
3 PR64RB PCGS grade
3 PR64RB PCGS grade