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

1848 1/2C Original, BN (Proof)

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PCGS PR65BN

PCGS PR63BN
PCGS #:
1296
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
15
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$39,950 • PCGS PR65 • 5-12-2015 • Heritage
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58
4,100
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58
58+
4,150
58+
60
4,250
60
62
5,650
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5,850
62+
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8,000
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7,950
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12,000
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12,750
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39,000
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65
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 6 R-9.7 6 / 30 TIE 6 / 30 TIE
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 7 / 30 TIE 7 / 30 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 30 1 / 30
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65BN PCGS grade
2 PR64BN PCGS grade  
3 PR63BN PCGS grade
3 PR63BN PCGS grade  
5 PR62BN estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65BN PCGS grade
2 PR64BN PCGS grade  
3 PR63BN PCGS grade
3 PR63BN PCGS grade  
5 PR62BN estimated grade  
5 PR62BN estimated grade  
7 PR61BN PCGS grade  
8 PR58 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: 1848 Half Cents are a Proof-only date, meaning that none were struck for circulation.  Perhaps as many as twenty Proofs were struck in 1848, but soon collectors realized these were rarities and demanded more.  As a result, restrikes were made to satisfy this demand. 

Conventional wisdom says that Originals show large berries on the reverse; Restrikes show small berries on the reverse.  However, Breen claims that restrikes were made using the original, Large Berries reverse and that these can be identified by heavy repolishing of the obverse die and repolishing of the reverse die.  Traditionally, these have all been lumped together as "Originals," but they will begin to be separated Breen's attribution system is accepted and as more and more coins are examined.

As might be expected of copper coins from over 150 years ago, most of the original 1848 Half Cents are brown in color.  A small percentage are Red-Brown and only one example has been identified by PCGS as being full Red.