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1851 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Braided Hair Half Cents 1849-1857

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN

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PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS #:
1224
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Weight:
5.44 grams
Mintage:
147,672
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 1,500 R-4.8 5 / 8 5 / 8
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 5 / 8 TIE 5 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 1 / 8 TIE 1 / 8 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,500
60 or Better 500
65 or Better 10
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.8
60 or Better R-6.0
65 or Better R-9.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 5 / 8
60 or Better 5 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 8 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 5 / 8
60 or Better 5 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 8 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS64BN PCGS grade PCGS #35324 (MS, Brown)     64
2 MS64BN PCGS grade PCGS #1224 (MS, Brown)     64
2 MS64BN PCGS grade
2 MS64BN PCGS grade
2 MS64BN PCGS grade
2 MS64BN PCGS grade
2 MS64BN PCGS grade
2 MS64BN PCGS grade
2 MS64BN PCGS grade
#1 MS66BN PCGS grade
PCGS #35324 (MS, Brown)     64 #2 MS64BN PCGS grade
PCGS #1224 (MS, Brown)     64 #2 MS64BN PCGS grade
#2 MS64BN PCGS grade
#2 MS64BN PCGS grade
#2 MS64BN PCGS grade
#2 MS64BN PCGS grade
#2 MS64BN PCGS grade
#2 MS64BN PCGS grade
#2 MS64BN PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1851 Half Cent has the highest mintage of the Braided Hair type but it is not the most commonly encountered date (that distinction goes to the 1853). In Mint State, the 1851 Half Cent is fairly common, but not as common as dates such as 1853, 1854, and 1855. The finest certified example is a single PCGS MS66 Brown. Most Mint State examples seen are in the MS-63 to MS-64 range. In full Red, more of the 1851 Half Cent have been certified than any other.

On high grade examples, the bottom of a misplaced 1 can be seen to the right of the date.

Only one die variety (Cohen 1) is known of the 1851 Half Cent.

Sources and/or recommended reading: "American Half Cents, Second Edition" by Rogern S. Cohen, Jr.