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

1852 1/2C Restrike, BN (Proof)

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PCGS PR66BN

PCGS PR66BN

PCGS PR66BN
PCGS #:
35402
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
60
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$16,500 • PR64 • 10-1-1987 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 50 R-8.5 25 / 30 TIE 25 / 30 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 25 / 30 TIE 25 / 30 TIE
65 or Better 12 R-9.5 17 / 30 17 / 30
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR66BN PCGS grade

First Restrike

Philip M. Showers Collection - Stack's, sold privately in 1969 - Willis Harrington duPont Collection - Fred S. "Freddy" Werner, sold privately in 2/1976 - Superior, sold privately in 2/1976 - Joe Flynn and Son Rare Coins, Inc. (Joseph S. Flynn, Jr.), sold privately on 4/20/1976 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 52.2.2) - Goldbergs 1/2014:205, $13,800

1 PR66BN PCGS grade, double struck  

First Restrike

Dr. Charles S. Ruby 1971 (Dr. Ruby's collection was purchased for $1 million by Superior and sold by them in 3 auctions) - Superior 2/1974:303, $925 - William K. Raymond, sold privately on 9/8/1976 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 52.2.3) - Goldbergs 1/2014:206, $12,650

1 PR66BN PCGS grade

First Restrike

Stack's 3/1986:817 - Stack's 1/2002:717, $4,600 - Heritage 4/2016:4529, $9,400

1 PR66BN PCGS grade

First Restrike

Jim McGuigan Collection

2 PR65BN PCGS grade  
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1 PR66BN PCGS grade

First Restrike

Philip M. Showers Collection - Stack's, sold privately in 1969 - Willis Harrington duPont Collection - Fred S. "Freddy" Werner, sold privately in 2/1976 - Superior, sold privately in 2/1976 - Joe Flynn and Son Rare Coins, Inc. (Joseph S. Flynn, Jr.), sold privately on 4/20/1976 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 52.2.2) - Goldbergs 1/2014:205, $13,800

1 PR66BN PCGS grade, double struck  

First Restrike

Dr. Charles S. Ruby 1971 (Dr. Ruby's collection was purchased for $1 million by Superior and sold by them in 3 auctions) - Superior 2/1974:303, $925 - William K. Raymond, sold privately on 9/8/1976 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 52.2.3) - Goldbergs 1/2014:206, $12,650

1 PR66BN PCGS grade

First Restrike

Stack's 3/1986:817 - Stack's 1/2002:717, $4,600 - Heritage 4/2016:4529, $9,400

1 PR66BN PCGS grade

First Restrike

Jim McGuigan Collection

2 PR65BN PCGS grade  
2 PR65BN PCGS grade  
2 PR65BN PCGS grade  
2 PR65BN PCGS grade  
2 PR65BN estimated grade  
5 PR65+BN PCGS grade

First Restrike

Jim McGuigan Collection - Larry Hanks, sold privately in 3/2010 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 3/2017:5088

Ron Guth: The 1852 Half Cent is a Proof-only date.  It is generally considered to be the most common dates in Proof of the 1840-1949 and 1852 era, but it is actually a bit scarcer than most people realize.  Because this date appears at auction so frequently, it appears common, but many times it is the same coin appearing and re-appearing more than once.  In our database, we show thirty different auction appearances and we have images of twenty-one different examples (there could be as many as 10-20 more that we haven't captured yet).

There are actually two different 1852 Restrikes: 1) First Restrike (Reverse of 1856, with a doubled T in CENT on the reverse) and 2) Second Restrike (Reverse of 1840, with raised file marks between RIC of AMERICA and the rim).  Of the two versions, the Second Restrike is the rarer by far.

Brown examples make up much of the population, with a few Red-Brown examples thrown in for excitement.  We know of no full Red examples.  The finest 1852 1/2C Restrike of which we are aware is the PCGS PR66RB example in Jim McGuigan's collection.  One of the more interesting examples of this date is the PCGS PR66BN from the Missouri Cabinet which shows clear evidence of a double strike (and a thirty degree rotation between strikes).