1854 1/2C, BN MS60BN

CERTIFICATION#: -38177
PCGS#: 1230

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $2.1

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1854 Half Cent has the fourth highest mintage of the Braided Hair series.  At just over 55,000 pieces, the 1854 Half Cent is nearly tied with the 1855 and is not much higher than the scarcest dates in the series (the 1857 holds that position with a mintage of 35,180).  The 1854 Half Cent can be found in most grades with relative ease.  Mint State examples are reasonably common, mostly in Brown and usually in MS63.  Gems are scarce and only two examples have been graded MS66 by PCGS, with none finer.  Red-Brown examples make up a fair percentage of the Mint State survivors and are usually seen in MS-64.  Full Red 1854 Half Cents, like most dates in the series, are very scarce.

Only one die variety is known for this year.

Diameter: 23.00 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Plain
Mintage: 55,358 Weight: 5.44 grams Metal Content: Copper
2
28
3
29
4
55
6
59
8
69
10
72
12
76
1
15
80
20
85
1
25
90
30
95
3
35
105
3
45+
140
50+
160
53+
170
55+
185
58+
230
62+
315
63+
450
64+
725
1
65+
1,650
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 2,500 R-4.5 6 / 8 6 / 8
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 5 / 8 TIE 5 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 40 R-8.7 6 / 8 6 / 8

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade  
2 MS66BN estimated grade  
2 MS66BN estimated grade  
4 MS65BN PCGS grade (Breen 2:1-B) ESM Collection
4 MS65BN PCGS grade