Feedback

X

Leave Comment

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

1856 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

View All Coin Images

PCGS MS64+BN

PCGS MS62BN

PCGS AU58BN
PCGS #:
1236
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
40,430
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$2,990 • PR60 • 3-11-2004 • Bowers & Merena
Go To Grade
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 6
  • 8
  • 10
  • 12
  • 15
  • 20
  • 25
  • 30
  • 35
  • 40
  • 45
  • 45+
  • 50
  • 50+
  • 53
  • 53+
  • 55
  • 55+
  • 58
  • 58+
  • 60
  • 61
  • 62
  • 62+
  • 63
  • 63+
  • 64
  • 64+
  • 65
2
28
2
3
29
3
4
55
4
6
59
6
8
69
8
10
72
10
12
76
12
15
80
15
20
85
2
20
25
90
4
25
35
100
7
35
45
130
21
45
45+
135
45+
50+
145
50+
53+
160
53+
55+
175
55+
58+
230
58+
60
240
7
60
62+
330
62+
63+
475
63+
64+
750
1
64+
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 2 / 8 TIE 2 / 8 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 2 / 8 TIE 2 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 1 / 8 TIE 1 / 8 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN PCGS grade  
1 MS65BN PCGS grade  
3 MS64BN PCGS grade
3 MS64BN PCGS grade  
3 MS64BN PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN PCGS grade  
1 MS65BN PCGS grade  
3 MS64BN PCGS grade
3 MS64BN PCGS grade  
3 MS64BN PCGS grade  
3 MS64BN PCGS grade  
3 MS64BN PCGS grade  
3 MS64BN PCGS grade  
3 MS64BN PCGS grade  
3 MS64BN PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The mintage of the 1856 Half Cent is slightly higher than the 1857 and nearly equal to that of the 1849 Large Date and 1850.  However, of these four coins, the 1856 is the easiest to acquire by a small margin.  Most examples show good striking details in the center of the coins, but the denticles are often weak.  Mint State examples have been graded by the hundreds, so they are not hard to find.  Most fall into the MS-62 and MS-63 grades and the populations drop off as the grade increasesa, eventually stopping at MS-66.  Red-Brown examples are readily obtainable, but full Red examples are very scarce.  This date offers excellent value for the collector of type coins.