1856 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Braided Hair Half Cents 1849-1857

PCGS MS64+BN

PCGS MS64+BN

PCGS MS64BN

PCGS MS64BN

PCGS MS64BN

PCGS MS64BN

PCGS #:
1236
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Weight:
5.44 grams
Mintage:
40,430
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 1,000 R-5.0 2 / 8 TIE 2 / 8 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 2 / 8 TIE 2 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 1 / 8 TIE 1 / 8 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,000
60 or Better 250
65 or Better 10
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.0
60 or Better R-6.6
65 or Better R-9.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 2 / 8 TIE
60 or Better 2 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 8 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 2 / 8 TIE
60 or Better 2 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 8 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN PCGS grade
1 MS65BN PCGS grade
3 MS64BN PCGS grade MS64BN PCGS grade
3 MS64BN PCGS grade
3 MS64BN PCGS grade
3 MS64BN PCGS grade
3 MS64BN PCGS grade
3 MS64BN PCGS grade
3 MS64BN PCGS grade
3 MS64BN PCGS grade
#1 MS65BN PCGS grade
#1 MS65BN PCGS grade
MS64BN PCGS grade #3 MS64BN PCGS grade
#3 MS64BN PCGS grade
#3 MS64BN PCGS grade
#3 MS64BN PCGS grade
#3 MS64BN PCGS grade
#3 MS64BN PCGS grade
#3 MS64BN PCGS grade
#3 MS64BN PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The mintage of the 1856 Half Cent is slightly higher than the 1857 and nearly equal to that of the 1849 Large Date and 1850. However, of these four coins, the 1856 is the easiest to acquire by a small margin. Most examples show good striking details in the center of the coins, but the denticles are often weak. Mint State examples have been graded by the hundreds, so they are not hard to find. Most fall into the MS-62 and MS-63 grades and the populations drop off as the grade increasesa, eventually stopping at MS-66. Red-Brown examples are readily obtainable, but full Red examples are very scarce. This date offers excellent value for the collector of type coins.