1849 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Braided Hair Half Cents 1849-1857

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

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PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS #:
1218
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Weight:
5.44 grams
Mintage:
39,864
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,000
60 or Better 200
65 or Better 10
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.0
60 or Better R-7.0
65 or Better R-9.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 2 / 8 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 8
65 or Better 1 / 8 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 2 / 8 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 8
65 or Better 1 / 8 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image 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
6 MS64BN PCGS grade PCGS #1218 (MS, Brown)     64
6 MS64BN PCGS grade MS64BN PCGS grade
6 MS64BN PCGS grade PCGS #1218 (MS, Brown)     64
6 MS64BN PCGS grade
6 MS64BN PCGS grade
#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
PCGS #1218 (MS, Brown)     64 #6 MS64BN PCGS grade
MS64BN PCGS grade #6 MS64BN PCGS grade
PCGS #1218 (MS, Brown)     64 #6 MS64BN PCGS grade
#6 MS64BN PCGS grade
#6 MS64BN PCGS grade
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.