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Coins Certified as of 12/4

My Coin #27383833

1847 1/2C Original, BN PR65BN

CERTIFICATION#: 27383833
PCGS#: 1290

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: Proof 1847 Half Cents are extremely rare.  No 1847-dated Half Cents were made for circulation, so collectors have no choice but to purchase a Proof if they wish to own an example of this date.  To satisfy the increased, the Mint restruck 1847 Half Cents with two different reverses, one of which was from 1856.  Original 1847 Half Cents have large berries on the reverse; Restrikes have small berries.

Approximately a dozen Original 1847 Half Cents are known in a variety of color designations.  Walter Breen suggested that some of the Large Berries 1847 Half Cents might be Restrikes, but the jury is still out.  The Norweb and Eliasberg examples were possible candidates.  However, Breen subdivided the Restrikes based on weights and fabric (appearance) and, in the case, of the Norweb example, his recorded weight was 86 grains when the actual weight of the coin was 81.3 grains.  Thus, his theory may not be accurate.

Either way, 1847 Half Cents, be they Originals or Restrikes, are highly desirable coins.

Diameter: 23.00 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Plain
Mintage: 20 Weight: 5.44 grams Metal Content: Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 12 R-9.5 11 / 30 TIE 11 / 30 TIE
60 or Better 12 R-9.5 11 / 30 TIE 11 / 30 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 30 1 / 30

Condition Census

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1 PR64BN PCGS grade
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