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SERIES: Braided Hair Half Cents 1840-1857
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1841 1/2C Original, BN (Proof)

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PCGS PR67BN

PCGS PR66BN

PCGS PR65BN
PCGS #:
1254
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
24
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$35,250 • PCGS PR67BN • 3-31-2017 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 30 R-8.9 24 / 30 24 / 30
60 or Better 25 R-9.0 23 / 30 TIE 23 / 30 TIE
65 or Better 6 R-9.7 13 / 30 TIE 13 / 30 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR67BN PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2010:2010, $17,825 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 3/2017:5084

1 PR66BN PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 11/2007:201, $12,995 - Heritage 4/2016:4525, $19,975

1 PR66BN PCGS grade  
1 PR66BN estimated grade  

Thomas L. Elder, sold privately on 12/17/1908 - Albert Holden Collection - Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:96, $7,260 - Stack's 1/2002:710, $5,750 - Goldbergs 2/2009:671, $10,925

4 PR65BN PCGS grade

Jim McGuigan Collection

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR67BN PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2010:2010, $17,825 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 3/2017:5084

1 PR66BN PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 11/2007:201, $12,995 - Heritage 4/2016:4525, $19,975

1 PR66BN PCGS grade  
1 PR66BN estimated grade  

Thomas L. Elder, sold privately on 12/17/1908 - Albert Holden Collection - Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:96, $7,260 - Stack's 1/2002:710, $5,750 - Goldbergs 2/2009:671, $10,925

4 PR65BN PCGS grade

Jim McGuigan Collection

4 PR65BN PCGS grade  

Heritage 9/2013:6212, $21,150

4 PR65BN PCGS grade  
4 PR65BN estimated grade  
9 PR64BN PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The Original 1841 Half Cent is the most common of the Proof-only Half Cents from the 1840s.  The same is true of the 1841 Large Cents.  Why this situation exists is uncertain, nor can anyone explain the unexpected popularity of the copper coins while the silver and gold coins (with the exception of the 1841 Quarter Eagle) were essentially ignored.  Perhaps as many as 30 Original 1841 Half Cents exist, most with Brown color, a few with Red-Brown colorations, and only a couple in full Red condition. 

All 1841 Half Cents show a die crack running in an arc from the rim above the second star, through the third through sixth stars, then to the rim above the seventh star.  The die crack changes little between the Originals and Restrikes, and David Akers agreed in the Pittman catalog that the crack is just as strong on the Originals as on the Restrikes.