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

1825 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65+BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS64BN
PCGS #:
1141
Diameter:
23.50 millimeters
Designer:
John Reich
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
63,000
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$7,475 • ANACS AU50 • 7-30-2008 • 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 1,500 R-4.8 8 / 16 TIE 8 / 16 TIE
60 or Better 75 R-8.2 7 / 16 7 / 16
65 or Better 5 R-9.7 6 / 16 6 / 16
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+BN PCGS grade
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  

William K. Raymond, sold privately on 9/8/1976 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 25.1.4) - Goldbergs 1/2014:106, $36,800

2 MS65BN PCGS grade   (Cohen 2) ESM Collection
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+BN PCGS grade
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  

William K. Raymond, sold privately on 9/8/1976 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 25.1.4) - Goldbergs 1/2014:106, $36,800

2 MS65BN PCGS grade   (Cohen 2) ESM Collection
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN estimated grade  
2 MS65BN estimated grade  
2 MS65BN estimated grade  
9 MS64BN PCGS grade
9 MS64BN PCGS grade

Ron Guth: The 1825 Half Cent has a low mintage of 63,000 pieces, a figure that is just slightly lower than that of the more highly valued 1811.  Two die varieties are known for this year, both sharing the same reverse, but with different obverses.  The difference between the two obverses is slight and relates mainly to the position of the 5 of the date relative to the lowest hair curl.  Some 1825 Half Cents (mostly of the Cohen 1 variety) have a curious edge bump that appears to have been caused when the metal from the planchet flowed into a tiny gap in the collar.  The "bump" appears in various positions around the edge of different 1825 Half Cents, indicating that the collar rotated as the coins were being struck.

Decades ago, when I collected Half Cents by variety, I purchased as many 1825 Half Cents as I could find and afford.  I eventually had a "roll" of forty pieces, which I sold intact at the 1982 ANA Convention in Boston.