1841 1/2C Original, RD (Proof)

Series: Braided Hair Half Cents 1840-1857

PCGS PR64RD

PCGS PR64RD

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PCGS #:
1256
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Weight:
5.44 grams
Mintage:
24
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 4 R-9.8 9 / 29 TIE 9 / 29 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 9 / 29 TIE 9 / 29 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 29 1 / 29
Survival Estimate
All Grades 4
60 or Better 4
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-9.8
60 or Better R-9.8
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 9 / 29 TIE
60 or Better 9 / 29 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 29
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 9 / 29 TIE
60 or Better 9 / 29 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 29

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 PR64RD PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/21/1996:454, $9,680 - ESM Collection

1 PR64RD PCGS grade
3 PR63RD estimated grade

Heritage 2/2007:2091, $8,050 - Heritage 1/2008:2661, $16,100 - Greensboro Collection - Heritage 2/2014:4998, $15,275 - Heritage 6/2014:4262, $14,100

3 PR63RD estimated grade
#1 PR64RD PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/21/1996:454, $9,680 - ESM Collection

#1 PR64RD PCGS grade
#3 PR63RD estimated grade

Heritage 2/2007:2091, $8,050 - Heritage 1/2008:2661, $16,100 - Greensboro Collection - Heritage 2/2014:4998, $15,275 - Heritage 6/2014:4262, $14,100

#3 PR63RD estimated grade
Ron Guth:

The Original 1841 Half Cent is the most common of the Proof-only Half Cents from the 1840s. The same is true of the 1841 Large Cents. Why this situation exists is uncertain, nor can anyone explain the unexpected popularity of the copper coins while the silver and gold coins (with the exception of the 1841 Quarter Eagle) were essentially ignored. Perhaps as many as 30 Original 1841 Half Cents exist, most with Brown color, a few with Red-Brown colorations, and only a couple in full Red condition.

All 1841 Half Cents show a die crack running in an arc from the rim above the second star, through the third through sixth stars, then to the rim above the seventh star. The die crack changes little between the Originals and Restrikes, and David Akers agreed in the Pittman catalog that the crack is just as strong on the Originals as on the Restrikes.