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SERIES: Classic Head Half Cents 1809-1835
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1811 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65+BN

PCGS MS63BN

PCGS MS62BN
PCGS #:
1135
Diameter:
23.50 millimeters
Designer:
John Reich
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
63,140
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$82,250 • PCGS MS63 • 4-23-2014 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 400 R-6.2 4 / 16 4 / 16
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 2 / 16 2 / 16
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 16 1 / 16
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62BN PCGS grade  
1 MS62BN PCGS grade  
3 AU55 PCGS grade   (Cohen 2) ESM Collection
3 AU55 PCGS grade
3 AU55 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62BN PCGS grade  
1 MS62BN PCGS grade  
3 AU55 PCGS grade   (Cohen 2) ESM Collection
3 AU55 PCGS grade
3 AU55 PCGS grade  
3 AU55 PCGS grade  
7 AU53 PCGS grade  

Cohen 2.  Heritage 1/2011:3107, $9,200

7 AU53 PCGS grade
7 AU53 PCGS grade  
7 AU53 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1811 Half Cent is the second rarest date of the Classic Head type as a business strike, exceeded only by the 1831 (some might argue that the 1831 is a Proof-only issue, which would then elevate the 1811 to the top position).  High grade circulated examples are very scarce, especially on problem-free, glossy planchets.  Some 1811 Half Cents show a cud on the left side of the coin, which begins as a "Two-Star Cud" and terminates as a "Four-Star Cud."  Both are rare, but the Two-Star Cud is particularly rare (the best of which is the VF-30 illustrated above).  Mint State 1811 Half Cents are extremely rare; PCGS has certified only two MS62BN's, and two or three uncertified examples are in private collections.  1811 Half Cents with even partial Mint Red are considered extreme rarities.