Feedback

X

Leave Comment

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

1848 1/2C Restrike, BN (Proof)

View All Coin Images

PCGS PR66BN

PCGS PR65BN

PCGS PR65BN
PCGS #:
1299
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
30
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$17,600 • PR64 • 5-20-1996 • Bowers & Merena
Go To Grade
  • 50
  • 50+
  • 53
  • 53+
  • 55
  • 55+
  • 58
  • 58+
  • 60
  • 61
  • 62
  • 62+
  • 63
  • 63+
  • 64
  • 64+
  • 65
  • 65+
  • 66
50
2,500
50
50+
2,650
50+
53
3,000
53
53+
3,050
53+
55
3,400
1
55
55+
3,450
55+
58
3,600
58
58+
3,650
58+
60
3,750
60
61
3,850
61
62
4,150
62
62+
4,350
62+
63+
5,750
63+
64+
7,250
2
64+
65
10,000
4
65
65+
10,500
65+
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 15 R-9.3 20 / 30 TIE 20 / 30 TIE
60 or Better 15 R-9.3 20 / 30 TIE 20 / 30 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 8 / 30 TIE 8 / 30 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65BN PCGS grade  

(Reverse of 1840) ESM Collection (PCGS Set Registry)


1 PR65BN estimated grade  
1 PR65BN estimated grade  
4 PR64BN PCGS grade  
4 PR64BN PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65BN PCGS grade  

(Reverse of 1840) ESM Collection (PCGS Set Registry)


1 PR65BN estimated grade  
1 PR65BN estimated grade  
4 PR64BN PCGS grade  
4 PR64BN PCGS grade  
4 PR64BN PCGS grade  
4 PR64BN PCGS grade  
4 PR64BN PCGS grade  
4 PR64BN estimated grade  
4 PR64BN estimated grade  

Ron Guth: In the Half Cent series, all of the dates from 1840-1848 are Proof-only issues.  In each of those years, the Mint struck a small number of Proof Half Cents as presentation pieces or for private sales to collectors -- these are so-called Originals.  Later, and at various times, the Mint struck additional Proof 1848 Half Cents, presumably because all of the Originals had been sold.  Multiple striking events suggest that only a few Proofs were restruck at each event, and more were made each time as demand warranted.

1848 Half Cent Restrikes are found in two varieties: First Restrike and Second Restrike.  The First Restrikes used a reverse known as Reverse of 1856.  This variety has a recut T in CENT.  The Second Restrikes used a reverse known as the Reverse of 1840.  This variety has die file lines near the border above ICA of AMERICA. 

Again, these were struck in limited quantities and, while exact mintages are unknown, most researchers believe that two dozen coins represents the mintage cap.  As might be expected, these are very popular coins today because of their rarity, their Proof-only status, and their fascinating history.