1811 1/2C Mickley Restrike, BN MS60BN

PCGS#: 1138

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $36

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1811 Mickley "Restrike" is not a proper restrike in that no Half Cent combining an 1811 obverse and an 1802 reverse was ever made.  Rather, this coin was made outside the mint from old dies that had been purchased from the Mint by Joseph J. Mickley in 1816.  Mickley created a variety of interesting, fantastic mules using his collection of mismatched dies.  His estate, including his coin dies, was offered for sale in 1878 by Moses Thomas & Sons.  Before the sale took place, the U.S. Mint repurchased (some say confiscated) the dies and destroyed them. 

The number of 1811 Mickley "Restrikes" is unknown, but appears to be in the range of 10-15 examples. 

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents 1793-1857" by Walter Breen

Diameter: 23.50 millimeters Designer: John Reich Edge: Plain
Mintage: N/A 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 3 R-9.8 1 / 16 1 / 16
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 1 / 16 1 / 16
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 2 / 16 TIE 2 / 16 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+BN PCGS grade

Philip M. Showers Collection - Stack's, sold privately in 1969 - Willis Harrington duPont Collection - Fred S. "Freddy" Werner, sold privately in 2/1976 - Superior, sold privately in 2/1976 - Joe Flynn & Son Rare Coins, Inc. (Joseph S. Flynn, Jr.), sold privately on 4/20/1976 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Jim McGuigan Collection

1 MS65BN estimated grade  
3 MS64BN PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 1/2005:60, $17,250 - Tony Terranova 5/2008 - Ray Rouse Collection - Goldbergs 9/2008:96, $23,000

The “Heritage Auction #1104:54” reference in the Goldbergs sale appears to be incorrect, as no such coin could be found on the Heritage website

4 MS63+BN PCGS grade
5 MS63BN estimated grade