1840 Half Cents by Variety | Braided Hair Half Cents by Date | Half Cents by Type

Obverse of 1840 Half Cent - Original     Reverse of 1840 Half Cent - Original

1840 HALF CENT -

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

The finest Proof "Original" Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-63RB's.

The finest Proof "Original" Red example graded by PCGS is a single PR-61RD.

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
NGC Proof-65 Brown.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 98, "Original, Rarity-6", illustrated, sold for $5,520.00

"Proof-64" (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries New York ANA Sale, August 1-3, 2002, Lot 192, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "1840. Original. Breen 1-A Rarity-5+. Proof 64. Brilliant original mint red with a couple swipes of steel brown toning on both sides, at least 85% of the red remaining. There is a tiny speck of carbon in the field over star 1 and a larger spot of extremely light carbon between stars 12 & 13. Otherwise this piece is an outstanding gem. Weight 83.0 grains.  Ex Richard B. Winsor, S. H. & H. Chapman 1895:1047-E. A. Maust 1920-A. Maust (son)."

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

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club