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Obverse of 1831 Half Cent Proof - Reverse of 1836     Reverse of 1831 Half Cent Proof - Reverse of 1836

1831 HALF CENT - 
Reverse of 1836

PCGS Nos: 1189, 1190, 1191

Very Rare

Variety equivalents: Breen 1-B

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Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-65 Red (illustrated below).  ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc., Atlanta ANA Signature Sale, August 8-11, 2001, Lot 5145, where it was described as follows: "...First Restrike. B-2, Unlisted in Cohen, Low R.6. This is a curious study piece. The Breen text states, "Not found with perfect reverse die as on 1836 originals." However, examination of this piece reveals two things: 1) there is no trace of die cracking on the reverse, and 2) diagnostically, the reverse can only be struck from the reverse of 1836. The only conclusion we can draw from this is that there must have been at least one coin struck using this reverse die before the die cracked.
The surfaces are flaming red and the fields are deeply mirrored. The devices, of course, are fully struck. Very rare in any grade, this piece is at the pinnacle of perfection as far as grade and color are concerned...", illustrated

PCGS Proof-65 Brown.  Ex - Pittman - offered in the April 7, 2003 issue of COIN WORLD by North American Certified Trading for $12,500.00

PCGS Proof-64 Red & Brown.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 302, sold for $11,212.50 Ex Georg F. Ulex, Lyman Low 7/8/1902:126 (incorrectly listed as an original)-H. G. Brown, Lyman Low 10/11/1904:224 (also incorrectly listed as an original)-unknown-Barney Bluestone 1/13/39:327- Charles J. Dupont (Anderson Dupont), Stack's 11/11/54:1117-Dorothy Nelson-TAD Collection, Stack's 3/15/75:850- Paramount International Coin Corp., (various FPL's 1975-8) FPL #108, 1/79-Martin Baer- 1989 ANA Sale, Bowers & Merena 8/9/89:1151-Dr. Wallace Lee. 

"Proof-63" (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries New York ANA Sale, August 1-3, 2002, Lot 186, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "1831. First Restrike. Breen 1-B Rarity-5+. Proof 63. Mint red fading to light bluish steel brown, at least a third of the original color remaining. No spots or stains. There is a light rim bruise at star 10 and a tiny rim nick in the wire edge at star 2. The fields are nicely reflective, the reverse mirrors especially deep. Breen state II, which is extremely rare with the single reverse die crack. Weight 70.5 grains.  Ex E. A. Maust 1920-A. Maust (son)."

The finest Proof "Rev. 1836" Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65BN.

The finest Proof "Rev. 1836" Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66RB.

The finest Proof "Rev. 1836" Red examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-65RD's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2001" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club


Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.