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.
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