Coins Certified as of 1/18

My Coin #-51118

1845 1/2C Original, RB PR64RB

PCGS#: 1279

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by David Akers Numsimatics, May '98.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1845 Half Cent was minted in Proof only, either as Originals (some of which were included in 1845 Proof sets or were sold individually) or as Restrikes which were made to satisfy collector demand even as late as 1860!  Originals have large berries on the reverse; restrikes have small berries and microscopic differences that separate them into what are known as First and Second Restrikes.  First Restrikes are also known as "Reverse of 1840"; Second Restrikes are known as "Reverse of 1856".  All 1845 Half Cent Proofs are rare, although the Restrikes appear to be slightly more "common" than the Originals.  Gem, unspotted Proofs are extremely rare and it is doubtful if a full Red Gem example exists.

Cohen PO-6 - Original
Cohen SR-7 - First Restrike
Cohen SR-22 - Second Restrike

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"American Half Cents - The 'Little Half Sisters' (Second Edition)" by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.

"Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents 1793-1857" by Walter Breen

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club

Diameter: 23.00 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Plain
Mintage: 15 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 8 R-9.6 13 / 31 TIE 13 / 31 TIE
60 or Better 8 R-9.6 13 / 31 TIE 13 / 31 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 9 / 31 TIE 9 / 31 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65+RB PCGS grade

Jim McGuigan Collection

1 PR65RB PCGS grade  
1 PR65RB estimated grade  
4 PR64RB PCGS grade  

George Bauer auction, date unknown but believed to be in the 1940’s, lot 323, $91 - John Jay Pittman Collection - David Akers 5/1998:1711d (as Raw Very Choice Proof, offered as part of a complete, cased 10-piece set that realized $746,250 - ESM Collection

4 PR64RB PCGS grade