1854 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Braided Hair Half Cents 1849-1857

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN

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PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS65+BN

PCGS MS65+BN

PCGS #:
1230
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Weight:
5.44 grams
Mintage:
55,358
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 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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 2,500
60 or Better 500
65 or Better 40
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.5
60 or Better R-6.0
65 or Better R-8.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 6 / 8
60 or Better 5 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 6 / 8
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 6 / 8
60 or Better 5 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 6 / 8

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade

James R. McGuigan, sold privately on 5/10/1987 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 54.2.3) - Goldbergs 1/2014:214, $12,075

1 MS66BN PCGS grade

Goldbergs 1/2016:443, $1,997.50

1 MS66BN PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2006:129, $4,025 - Stack's 11/2006:2368, $6,900

1 MS66BN estimated grade
1 MS66BN estimated grade
6 MS65+BN PCGS grade
7 MS65BN PCGS grade (Breen 2:1-B) ESM Collection
7 MS65BN PCGS grade
7 MS65BN PCGS grade
7 MS65BN PCGS grade
#1 MS66BN PCGS grade

James R. McGuigan, sold privately on 5/10/1987 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 54.2.3) - Goldbergs 1/2014:214, $12,075

#1 MS66BN PCGS grade

Goldbergs 1/2016:443, $1,997.50

#1 MS66BN PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2006:129, $4,025 - Stack's 11/2006:2368, $6,900

#1 MS66BN estimated grade
#1 MS66BN estimated grade
#6 MS65+BN PCGS grade
#7 MS65BN PCGS grade
(Breen 2:1-B) ESM Collection
#7 MS65BN PCGS grade
#7 MS65BN PCGS grade
#7 MS65BN PCGS grade
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.