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

1855 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS64+BN
PCGS #:
1233
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
56,500
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$2,350 • PCGS MS66 • 7-11-2013 • 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
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Ron Guth:

The 1855 Half Cent has the third highest mintage of the Braided Hair series.  It is a common coin in most grades, up to and including MS-64.  Gem Mint State examples are scarce but not rare.  Of all the dates in this series, the 1855 is the most common in full Red condition...by far.  PCGS has certified over two hundred Red examples, mostly in MS-64.  Thus, for type collectors, this is a go-to date for exceptional color and quality.

Both of the 5's in the date are slanted, which was typical of the 1850-1855 Half Cents.  In 1856 a new font with an upright 5 was used.

Only one die variety (Cohen 1) is known for this year.