1857 1/2C, BN (Proof)

Series: Braided Hair Half Cents 1840-1857

PCGS PR66BN

PCGS PR66BN

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PCGS PR65+BN

PCGS PR65+BN

PCGS PR65+BN

PCGS PR65+BN

PCGS #:
1332
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Weight:
5.44 grams
Mintage:
266
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 75 R-8.2 27 / 30 27 / 30
60 or Better 75 R-8.2 27 / 30 27 / 30
65 or Better 5 R-9.7 13 / 30 TIE 13 / 30 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 75
60 or Better 75
65 or Better 5
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.2
60 or Better R-8.2
65 or Better R-9.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 27 / 30
60 or Better 27 / 30
65 or Better 13 / 30 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 27 / 30
60 or Better 27 / 30
65 or Better 13 / 30 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 PR66BN PCGS grade PR66BN PCGS grade

Howard Rounds Newcomb (valued by Newcomb at $5), sold privately in 1935 - B. Max Mehl, sold privately in 1935 - Col. E. H. R. Green Collection (appraised by F. C. C. Boyd for the Green Estate at $1 on 8/9/1937), sold in 4/1943 for $1.25 - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 57.2.2) - Goldbergs 1/2014:227, $9,487.50

2 PR65+BN PCGS grade PR65+BN PCGS grade
2 PR65+BN PCGS grade
4 PR65BN PCGS grade
4 PR65BN PCGS grade
4 PR65BN estimated grade
7 PR64BN PCGS grade
7 PR64BN PCGS grade ESM Collection
7 PR64BN PCGS grade Heritage 1/2009:162
PR66BN PCGS grade #1 PR66BN PCGS grade

Howard Rounds Newcomb (valued by Newcomb at $5), sold privately in 1935 - B. Max Mehl, sold privately in 1935 - Col. E. H. R. Green Collection (appraised by F. C. C. Boyd for the Green Estate at $1 on 8/9/1937), sold in 4/1943 for $1.25 - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 57.2.2) - Goldbergs 1/2014:227, $9,487.50

PR65+BN PCGS grade #2 PR65+BN PCGS grade
#2 PR65+BN PCGS grade
#4 PR65BN PCGS grade
#4 PR65BN PCGS grade
#4 PR65BN estimated grade
#7 PR64BN PCGS grade
#7 PR64BN PCGS grade
ESM Collection
#7 PR64BN PCGS grade
Heritage 1/2009:162
Ron Guth:

The 1857 Half Cent is one of the more common dates in Proof, though our original estimate of the existing population at 250+ seems a bit high and I may revise that figure downward in the future as more data comes in. Probably, 100-150 is a better estimate.

Proof 1857 Half Cents can be found with Heavy Dates and Light Dates. Heavy Dates have strongly impressed digits, while Light Dates are shallow and spindlier. Dannreuther believes this was caused by a lapping of the dies, but positional differences may indicate two different obverse dies. Either way, it appears Mint employees struck Proof 1857 Half Cents on more than one occasion.

The majority of existing Proofs are PR64BN, with but a few examples better. Red & Brown Proofs are very rare, and Red examples may not exist.