1857 1/2C, BN MS62BN

CERTIFICATION#: 09691211
PCGS#: 1239

Owner's Comments

CAC

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1857 has the lowest mintage of any regular issue Braided Hair Half Cent.  By 1857, the cost of producing Half Cents and Large Cents approached or exceeded the value of the coins.  Thus, after 1857, the Half Cent was discontinued and the Small Cent replaced the old style Large Cent. 

Mint State examples of the 1857 Half Cent are relatively easy to find, but only in the MS-63 and MS-64 grade levels.  In MS-65, the 1857 Half Cents is a true condition-rarity.

Diameter: 23.00 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Plain
Mintage: 35,180 Weight: 5.44 grams Metal Content: Copper
3
34
4
65
6
69
1
8
84
10
88
12
96
1
15
103
45+
180
50+
215
53+
240
55+
275
58+
340
62+
440
63+
600
64+
925
1
65+
2,500
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 2 / 8 TIE 2 / 8 TIE
60 or Better 300 R-6.4 4 / 8 4 / 8
65 or Better 25 R-9.0 5 / 8 5 / 8

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+BN PCGS grade
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN estimated grade  
4 MS64BN PCGS grade
4 MS64BN PCGS grade