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SERIES: Braided Hair Half Cents 1849-1857
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1849 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS64BN
PCGS #:
1218
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
39,864
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$4,140 • PCGS MS65 • 6-3-2004 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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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 200 R-7.0 1 / 8 1 / 8
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 1 / 8 TIE 1 / 8 TIE
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1 MS65BN PCGS grade

Missouri Cabinet

1 MS65BN PCGS grade

Missouri Cabinet

1 MS65BN PCGS grade   ESM Collection
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1 MS65BN PCGS grade  
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1 MS65BN PCGS grade

Missouri Cabinet

1 MS65BN PCGS grade

Missouri Cabinet

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6 MS64BN PCGS grade
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Ron Guth: The Braided Hair Half Cent first appeared in 1840, not in circulation but as Proofs sold to collectors.  In fact, no Half Cent of this type appeared until 1849, when the first coins were struck for circulation.  In 1849, there are two varieties: Large Date and Small Date.  The former was only made for circulation; the latter only as Proofs.  The mintage for the circulation strikes of this year was less than 40,000 pieces, nearly matching the mintage of the 1850 and only slightly above that of the key date 1857. Despite the low mintage, the 1849 Half Cent is affordable relative to coins of similar rarity.  This date is fairly common in circulated grades, even through About Uncirculated.  Most Mint State examples center around the MS-63 grade, followed by fairly equal distributions in the MS-2 and MS-64 grades.  PCGS has assigned the MS-65 grade to only three coins, with none finer.  In Red-Brown, this date is very, very scarce.  No full Red examples are known.