1855 1/2C, RB MS63RB Certification #90079426, PCGS #1234

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1855 Half Cent has the third highest mintage of the Braided Hair series.  It is a common coin in most grades, up to and including MS-64.  Gem Mint State examples are scarce but not rare.  Of all the dates in this series, the 1855 is the most common in full Red condition...by far.  PCGS has certified over two hundred Red examples, mostly in MS-64.  Thus, for type collectors, this is a go-to date for exceptional color and quality.

Both of the 5's in the date are slanted, which was typical of the 1850-1855 Half Cents.  In 1856 a new font with an upright 5 was used.

Only one die variety (Cohen 1) is known for this year.

Diameter
23.00 millimeters
Designer
Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Plain
Mintage
56500
Weight
5.44 grams
Metal Content
Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
174
Pop Lower
20
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 500 R-6.0 8 / 8 8 / 8
All Grades 500 R-6.0 8 / 8 8 / 8
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 5 / 8 5 / 8

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65RB PCGS grade PCGS #1234 (MS, Red and Brown)     65
1 MS65RB PCGS grade PCGS #1234 (MS, Red and Brown)     65
1 MS65RB PCGS grade
1 MS65RB PCGS grade
1 MS65RB PCGS grade