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1855 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 MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS #:
1233
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Weight:
5.44 grams
Mintage:
56,500
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 3,000 R-4.4 7 / 8 TIE 7 / 8 TIE
60 or Better 600 R-5.8 7 / 8 TIE 7 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 7 / 8 TIE 7 / 8 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 3,000
60 or Better 600
65 or Better 100
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.4
60 or Better R-5.8
65 or Better R-8.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 7 / 8 TIE
60 or Better 7 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 7 / 8 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 7 / 8 TIE
60 or Better 7 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 7 / 8 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade
1 MS66BN PCGS grade
3 MS65+BN PCGS grade
4 MS65BN PCGS grade PCGS #1233 (MS, Brown)     65
4 MS65BN PCGS grade
4 MS65BN PCGS grade
4 MS65BN PCGS grade
4 MS65BN PCGS grade
4 MS65BN PCGS grade
4 MS65BN PCGS grade
#1 MS66BN PCGS grade
#1 MS66BN PCGS grade
#3 MS65+BN PCGS grade
PCGS #1233 (MS, Brown)     65 #4 MS65BN PCGS grade
#4 MS65BN PCGS grade
#4 MS65BN PCGS grade
#4 MS65BN PCGS grade
#4 MS65BN PCGS grade
#4 MS65BN PCGS grade
#4 MS65BN PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1855 Half Cent has the third highest mintage of the Braided Hair series. It is a common coin in most grades, up to and including MS-64. Gem Mint State examples are scarce but not rare. Of all the dates in this series, the 1855 is the most common in full Red condition...by far. PCGS has certified over two hundred Red examples, mostly in MS-64. Thus, for type collectors, this is a go-to date for exceptional color and quality.

Both of the 5's in the date are slanted, which was typical of the 1850-1855 Half Cents. In 1856 a new font with an upright 5 was used.

Only one die variety (Cohen 1) is known for this year.