1849 1/2C, BN AU50BN

CERTIFICATION#: -38173
PCGS#: 1218

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $2.35

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The Braided Hair Half Cent first appeared in 1840, not in circulation but as Proofs sold to collectors.  In fact, no Half Cent of this type appeared until 1849, when the first coins were struck for circulation.  In 1849, there are two varieties: Large Date and Small Date.  The former was only made for circulation; the latter only as Proofs.  The mintage for the circulation strikes of this year was less than 40,000 pieces, nearly matching the mintage of the 1850 and only slightly above that of the key date 1857. Despite the low mintage, the 1849 Half Cent is affordable relative to coins of similar rarity.  This date is fairly common in circulated grades, even through About Uncirculated.  Most Mint State examples center around the MS-63 grade, followed by fairly equal distributions in the MS-2 and MS-64 grades.  PCGS has assigned the MS-65 grade to only three coins, with none finer.  In Red-Brown, this date is very, very scarce.  No full Red examples are known.

Diameter: 23.00 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Plain
Mintage: 39,864 Weight: 5.44 grams Metal Content: Copper
2
30
3
31
4
59
6
64
1
8
74
10
77
12
81
15
86
20
95
1
25
100
1
35
120
6
45+
170
50+
200
53+
240
55+
315
58+
360
1
60
385
7
62+
580
64+
1,850

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 200 R-7.0 1 / 8 1 / 8
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 1 / 8 TIE 1 / 8 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN PCGS grade Missouri Cabinet
1 MS65BN PCGS grade Missouri Cabinet
1 MS65BN PCGS grade   ESM Collection
1 MS65BN PCGS grade  
1 MS65BN PCGS grade