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

1854 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS65+BN
PCGS #:
1230
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
55,358
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$6,900 • PCGS MS66 • 11-7-2006 • Stack's
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 2,500 R-4.5 6 / 8 6 / 8
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 5 / 8 TIE 5 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 40 R-8.7 6 / 8 6 / 8
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade

James R. McGuigan, sold privately on 5/10/1987 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 54.2.3) - Goldbergs 1/2014:214, $12,075

1 MS66BN PCGS grade

Goldbergs 1/2016:443, $1,997.50

1 MS66BN PCGS grade  

Heritage 8/2006:129, $4,025 - Stack's 11/2006:2368, $6,900

1 MS66BN estimated grade  
1 MS66BN estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade

James R. McGuigan, sold privately on 5/10/1987 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 54.2.3) - Goldbergs 1/2014:214, $12,075

1 MS66BN PCGS grade

Goldbergs 1/2016:443, $1,997.50

1 MS66BN PCGS grade  

Heritage 8/2006:129, $4,025 - Stack's 11/2006:2368, $6,900

1 MS66BN estimated grade  
1 MS66BN estimated grade  
6 MS65+BN PCGS grade  
7 MS65BN PCGS grade (Breen 2:1-B) ESM Collection
7 MS65BN PCGS grade  
7 MS65BN PCGS grade  
7 MS65BN PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1854 Half Cent has the fourth highest mintage of the Braided Hair series.  At just over 55,000 pieces, the 1854 Half Cent is nearly tied with the 1855 and is not much higher than the scarcest dates in the series (the 1857 holds that position with a mintage of 35,180).  The 1854 Half Cent can be found in most grades with relative ease.  Mint State examples are reasonably common, mostly in Brown and usually in MS63.  Gems are scarce and only two examples have been graded MS66 by PCGS, with none finer.  Red-Brown examples make up a fair percentage of the Mint State survivors and are usually seen in MS-64.  Full Red 1854 Half Cents, like most dates in the series, are very scarce.

Only one die variety is known for this year.