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

1857 1/2C, BN (Proof)

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PCGS PR66BN

PCGS PR65+BN

PCGS PR65BN
PCGS #:
1332
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
266
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$11,750 • PCGS PR65+ • 12-14-2014 • Legend Rare Coin Auctions
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 75 R-8.2 27 / 30 27 / 30
60 or Better 75 R-8.2 27 / 30 27 / 30
65 or Better 5 R-9.7 13 / 30 TIE 13 / 30 TIE
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR66BN PCGS grade

Howard Rounds Newcomb (valued by Newcomb at $5), sold privately in 1935 - B. Max Mehl, sold privately in 1935 - Col. E. H. R. Green Collection (appraised by F. C. C. Boyd for the Green Estate at $1 on 8/9/1937), sold in 4/1943 for $1.25 - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 57.2.2) - Goldbergs 1/2014:227, $9,487.50

2 PR65+BN PCGS grade
2 PR65+BN PCGS grade  
4 PR65BN PCGS grade  
4 PR65BN PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR66BN PCGS grade

Howard Rounds Newcomb (valued by Newcomb at $5), sold privately in 1935 - B. Max Mehl, sold privately in 1935 - Col. E. H. R. Green Collection (appraised by F. C. C. Boyd for the Green Estate at $1 on 8/9/1937), sold in 4/1943 for $1.25 - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 57.2.2) - Goldbergs 1/2014:227, $9,487.50

2 PR65+BN PCGS grade
2 PR65+BN PCGS grade  
4 PR65BN PCGS grade  
4 PR65BN PCGS grade  
4 PR65BN estimated grade  
7 PR64BN PCGS grade
7 PR64BN PCGS grade   ESM Collection
7 PR64BN PCGS grade   Heritage 1/2009:162

Ron Guth: The 1857 Half Cent is one of the more common dates in Proof, though our original estimate of the existing population at 250+ seems a bit high and I may revise that figure downward in the future as more data comes in.  Probably, 100-150 is a better estimate.

Proof 1857 Half Cents can be found with Heavy Dates and Light Dates.  Heavy Dates have strongly impressed digits, while Light Dates are shallow and spindlier.  Dannreuther believes this was caused by a lapping of the dies, but positional differences may indicate two different obverse dies.  Either way, it appears Mint employees struck Proof 1857 Half Cents on more than one occasion.

The majority of existing Proofs are PR64BN, with but a few examples better.  Red & Brown Proofs are very rare, and Red examples may not exist.