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

1853 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN
PCGS #:
1227
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
129,694
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$4,370 • NGC MS67 • 7-26-2003 • 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 3,000 R-4.4 7 / 8 TIE 7 / 8 TIE
60 or Better 600 R-5.8 7 / 8 TIE 7 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 7 / 8 TIE 7 / 8 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade  
1 MS66BN PCGS grade  
1 MS66BN estimated grade  
1 MS66BN estimated grade  
1 MS66BN estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade  
1 MS66BN PCGS grade  
1 MS66BN estimated grade  
1 MS66BN estimated grade  
1 MS66BN estimated grade  
1 MS66BN estimated grade  
7 MS65BN PCGS grade  
7 MS65BN PCGS grade  
7 MS65BN PCGS grade  
7 MS65BN PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1853 Half Cent has the second highest mintage of the Braided Hair type, but that is a relative term since every date in this type boasts a low mintage.  By way of comparison, the mintage of the 1853 Half Cent is almost a fourth of the mintage of the 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent (a far more valuable coin), making this an excellent value for the type collector.  Circulated examples are fairly easy to find; even Mint State examples can be located with relative ease.  The trouble is finding an example with Full Red color...they simply do not exist.  Even Red-Brown examples are scarce.  The finest 1853 Half Cents cerfified by PCGS as of February 2011 are a pair of MS-66BNs.