1857 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Braided Hair Half Cents 1849-1857

PCGS MS65+BN

PCGS MS65+BN

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PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS #:
1239
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Weight:
5.44 grams
Mintage:
35,180
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 300 R-6.4 4 / 8 4 / 8
65 or Better 25 R-9.0 5 / 8 5 / 8
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,000
60 or Better 300
65 or Better 25
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.0
60 or Better R-6.4
65 or Better R-9.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 2 / 8 TIE
60 or Better 4 / 8
65 or Better 5 / 8
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 2 / 8 TIE
60 or Better 4 / 8
65 or Better 5 / 8

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65+BN PCGS grade PCGS #1239 (MS, Brown)     65+
2 MS65BN PCGS grade
2 MS65BN PCGS grade
2 MS65BN PCGS grade
2 MS65BN PCGS grade
2 MS65BN estimated grade
7 MS64+BN PCGS grade
7 MS64+BN PCGS grade
9 MS64BN PCGS grade PCGS #1239 (MS, Brown)     64
9 MS64BN PCGS grade PCGS #35339 (MS, Brown)     64
PCGS #1239 (MS, Brown)     65+ #1 MS65+BN PCGS grade
#2 MS65BN PCGS grade
#2 MS65BN PCGS grade
#2 MS65BN PCGS grade
#2 MS65BN PCGS grade
#2 MS65BN estimated grade
#7 MS64+BN PCGS grade
#7 MS64+BN PCGS grade
PCGS #1239 (MS, Brown)     64 #9 MS64BN PCGS grade
PCGS #35339 (MS, Brown)     64 #9 MS64BN PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1857 has the lowest mintage of any regular issue Braided Hair Half Cent. By 1857, the cost of producing Half Cents and Large Cents approached or exceeded the value of the coins. Thus, after 1857, the Half Cent was discontinued and the Small Cent replaced the old style Large Cent.

Mint State examples of the 1857 Half Cent are relatively easy to find, but only in the MS-63 and MS-64 grade levels. In MS-65, the 1857 Half Cents is a true condition-rarity.