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

1850 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64BN

PCGS MS64BN

PCGS MS64BN
PCGS #:
1221
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
39,800
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$3,795 • PCGS MS65 • 11-7-2003 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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Relative Rarity
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All Grades 800 R-5.4 1 / 8 1 / 8
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 2 / 8 TIE 2 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 1 / 8 TIE 1 / 8 TIE
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Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
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Ron Guth: The 1850 Half Cent has a mintage similar to that of the 1849, but is actually slightly scarcer in terms of the number of examples that have been certified by PCGS.  Likewise, Mint State examples are less abundant, with most appearing in the MS-63 grade.  In terms of technical condition, the finest example is a PCGS MS-6BN, though the MS64RD might be more valuable.  Very few 1850 Half Cents have enough original color to qualify for the Red-Brown designation.  Full Red examples are exceedingly rare.