1836 Half Cents by Variety | Classic Head Half Cents by Date | Half Cents by Type


1836 HALF CENT -
SECOND RESTRIKE
("REVERSE OF 1840")

PCGS Nos: 1210, 1211

Variety equivalents:
Breen 1578, Breen 2, Cohen SR16

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 0
Proofs: estimated 5-10

Designer: John Reich

Diameter: 23.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 77-78.1 grains (observed by Breen)

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (all 1836 Half Cents were struck at the Philadelphia Mint)

Notes:
The finest Proof "Rev. 1840" Red-Brown 1836 Half Cent graded by PCGS is a single PR-66RB.

The finest Proof "Rev. 1840" Red-Brown 1836 Half Cent graded by PCGS is a single PR-66RB.

Known examples:
NGC Proof-65 Brown.  Stack's "George H. Hall 5/1945:139 - Joseph Brobston Collection (Stack's Fixed Price List No. 69, 1/1963), $1,650.00 -  Philip M. Showers Collection (Stack's, privately, 1969) - Willis I. duPont - various intermediary dealers - private collection - Heritage "ANA" 08/1999:208, unsold.  Breen lists the weight of this example at 78.1 grains

Breen includes the following four examples:

Byron Reed - Omaha City Library

Lyman:560 - "Martin Kortjohn", 77.3 grains

Woodin:811 - Malcolm Jackson - Newcomer - Col. Green - B.G. Johnson - Eric P. Newman, 77.6 grains [the Newcomer citation may be incorrect, as such a coin does not appear in Newcomer's inventory - RG]

Stack's "Anderson Dupont":1128 - Stack's "TAD":855, $4,750 - R. Tettenhorst, 79.5 grains

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"American Half Cents - The 'Little Half Sisters' (Second Edition)" by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.

"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2004" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club