1851 1/2C, BN MS62BN

CERTIFICATION#: -31563
PCGS#: 1224

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. New Netherlands (1953) Sold by David Akers Numismatics Oct '97 Price realized $2420

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1851 Half Cent has the highest mintage of the Braided Hair type but it is not the most commonly encountered date (that distinction goes to the 1853).  In Mint State, the 1851 Half Cent is fairly common, but not as common as dates such as 1853, 1854, and 1855.  The finest certified example is a single PCGS MS66 Brown.  Most Mint State examples seen are in the MS-63 to MS-64 range.  In full Red, more of the 1851 Half Cent have been certified than any other. 

On high grade examples, the bottom of a misplaced 1 can be seen to the right of the date.

Only one die variety (Cohen 1) is known of the 1851 Half Cent.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"American Half Cents, Second Edition" by Rogern S. Cohen, Jr.

Diameter: 23.00 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Plain
Mintage: 147,672 Weight: 5.44 grams Metal Content: Copper
2
28
1
3
29
4
55
6
59
8
69
10
72
3
12
76
4
15
80
20
85
4
25
90
2
35
105
10
45+
140
50+
160
53+
170
55+
180
58+
205
1
62+
315
63+
450
65+
1,650

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,500 R-4.8 5 / 8 5 / 8
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 5 / 8 TIE 5 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 1 / 8 TIE 1 / 8 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade  
2 MS64BN PCGS grade
2 MS64BN PCGS grade
2 MS64BN PCGS grade  
2 MS64BN PCGS grade