1855 1/2C, BN MS64BN

CERTIFICATION#: 20876555
PCGS#: 1233

Owner's Comments

CAC approved! and has red in it! should be RB easily!

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1855 Half Cent has the third highest mintage of the Braided Hair series.  It is a common coin in most grades, up to and including MS-64.  Gem Mint State examples are scarce but not rare.  Of all the dates in this series, the 1855 is the most common in full Red condition...by far.  To date (March 2011), PCGS has certified 257 full Red examples, mostly in MS-64.  Thus, for type collectors, this isa go-to date for exceptional color and quality.

Both of the 5's in the date are slanted, which was typical of the 1850-1855 Half Cents.  In 1856 and new "font" with an upright 5 was used.

Only one die variety (Cohen 1) is known for this year.

Diameter: 23.00 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Plain
Mintage: 56,500 Weight: 5.44 grams Metal Content: Copper
2
28
3
29
4
55
6
59
1
8
69
10
72
1
12
76
15
80
20
85
1
25
90
2
30
95
1
35
105
45+
140
50+
160
53+
170
55+
180
58+
205
62+
315
63+
450
1
64+
725
1
65+
1,650
2

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 3,000 R-4.4 7 / 8 TIE 7 / 8 TIE
60 or Better 600 R-5.8 7 / 8 TIE 7 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 7 / 8 TIE 7 / 8 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade  
1 MS66BN PCGS grade  
3 MS65+BN PCGS grade  
4 MS65BN PCGS grade
4 MS65BN PCGS grade