1855 1/2C, RD (Regular Strike)

Series: Braided Hair Half Cents 1849-1857

PCGS MS65+RD

PCGS MS65+RD

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PCGS MS65+RD

PCGS MS65+RD

PCGS MS65+RD

PCGS MS65+RD

PCGS #:
1235
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 500 R-6.0 6 / 7 6 / 7
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 6 / 7 6 / 7
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 4 / 7 4 / 7
Survival Estimate
All Grades 500
60 or Better 500
65 or Better 50
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.0
60 or Better R-6.0
65 or Better R-8.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 6 / 7
60 or Better 6 / 7
65 or Better 4 / 7
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 6 / 7
60 or Better 6 / 7
65 or Better 4 / 7

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65+RD PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 5/2018:302, $14,688

1 MS65+RD PCGS grade

Stack’s/Bowers 6/2018:1062, $5,520

1 MS65+RD PCGS grade
1 MS65+RD PCGS grade MS65+RD PCGS grade
5 MS65RD PCGS grade

Col. E. H. R. Green Collection (appraised by F. C. C. Boyd for the Green Estate at 10¢ on 8/9/1937), sold in 4/1943 for 10¢ - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 55.1.3) - Goldbergs 1/2014:218, $9,488

5 MS65RD PCGS grade

Jim McGuigan Collection

5 MS65RD PCGS grade
5 MS65RD PCGS grade
5 MS65RD PCGS grade
5 MS65RD PCGS grade
#1 MS65+RD PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 5/2018:302, $14,688

#1 MS65+RD PCGS grade

Stack’s/Bowers 6/2018:1062, $5,520

#1 MS65+RD PCGS grade
MS65+RD PCGS grade #1 MS65+RD PCGS grade
#5 MS65RD PCGS grade

Col. E. H. R. Green Collection (appraised by F. C. C. Boyd for the Green Estate at 10¢ on 8/9/1937), sold in 4/1943 for 10¢ - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 55.1.3) - Goldbergs 1/2014:218, $9,488

#5 MS65RD PCGS grade

Jim McGuigan Collection

#5 MS65RD PCGS grade
#5 MS65RD PCGS grade
#5 MS65RD PCGS grade
#5 MS65RD 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.