1848 1/2C Restrike, BN (Proof)

Series: Braided Hair Half Cents 1840-1857

PCGS PR66BN

PCGS PR66BN

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PCGS PR65BN

PCGS PR65BN

PCGS PR65BN

PCGS PR65BN

PCGS #:
1299
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Weight:
5.44 grams
Mintage:
30
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
Copper
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Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 15 R-9.3 20 / 30 TIE 20 / 30 TIE
60 or Better 15 R-9.3 20 / 30 TIE 20 / 30 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 8 / 30 TIE 8 / 30 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 15
60 or Better 15
65 or Better 3
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-9.3
60 or Better R-9.3
65 or Better R-9.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 20 / 30 TIE
60 or Better 20 / 30 TIE
65 or Better 8 / 30 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 20 / 30 TIE
60 or Better 20 / 30 TIE
65 or Better 8 / 30 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

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1 PR65BN PCGS grade

(Reverse of 1840) ESM Collection (PCGS Set Registry)


1 PR65BN estimated grade
1 PR65BN estimated grade
4 PR64BN PCGS grade
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4 PR64BN PCGS grade
4 PR64BN PCGS grade
4 PR64BN estimated grade
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#1 PR65BN PCGS grade

(Reverse of 1840) ESM Collection (PCGS Set Registry)


#1 PR65BN estimated grade
#1 PR65BN estimated grade
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Ron Guth:

In the Half Cent series, all of the dates from 1840-1848 are Proof-only issues. In each of those years, the Mint struck a small number of Proof Half Cents as presentation pieces or for private sales to collectors -- these are so-called Originals. Later, and at various times, the Mint struck additional Proof 1848 Half Cents, presumably because all of the Originals had been sold. Multiple striking events suggest that only a few Proofs were restruck at each event, and more were made each time as demand warranted.

1848 Half Cent Restrikes are found in two varieties: First Restrike and Second Restrike. The First Restrikes used a reverse known as Reverse of 1856. This variety has a recut T in CENT. The Second Restrikes used a reverse known as the Reverse of 1840. This variety has die file lines near the border above ICA of AMERICA.

Again, these were struck in limited quantities and, while exact mintages are unknown, most researchers believe that two dozen coins represents the mintage cap. As might be expected, these are very popular coins today because of their rarity, their Proof-only status, and their fascinating history.