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

1851 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS64BN

PCGS MS64BN
PCGS #:
1224
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
147,672
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$6,900 • PCGS MS66 • 3-2-2006 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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Numismatic
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Relative Rarity
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Relative Rarity
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All Grades 1,500 R-4.8 5 / 8 5 / 8
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 5 / 8 TIE 5 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 1 / 8 TIE 1 / 8 TIE
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade  
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Ron Guth: The 1851 Half Cent has the highest mintage of the Braided Hair type but it is not the most commonly encountered date (that distinction goes to the 1853).  In Mint State, the 1851 Half Cent is fairly common, but not as common as dates such as 1853, 1854, and 1855.  The finest certified example is a single PCGS MS66 Brown.  Most Mint State examples seen are in the MS-63 to MS-64 range.  In full Red, more of the 1851 Half Cent have been certified than any other. 

On high grade examples, the bottom of a misplaced 1 can be seen to the right of the date.

Only one die variety (Cohen 1) is known of the 1851 Half Cent.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"American Half Cents, Second Edition" by Rogern S. Cohen, Jr.