1841 HALF CENT
Nos: 1254, 1255, 1256
Circulation strikes: 0
Proofs: estimated 100
Diameter: 23 millimeters
Copper - 100%
Weight: 84 grains
(all 1841 Half
Cents were struck at the Philadelphia Mint)
Rick Coleman claims to know of at least 68 different 1841 Original Half Cents
and at least 14 different 1841 Second Restrikes.
Half Cents of this date were struck only as Proofs.
The finest Proof "Original" Brown example graded by PCGS
is a single PR-66BN.
The finest Proof "Original" Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS
are 3 PR-64RB's.
The finest Proof "Original" Red example graded by PCGS is a
The finest Proof "Restrike" Brown example graded by PCGS is a
The finest Proof "Restrike" Red-Brown example graded by PCGS
is a single PR-65RB.
Images courtesy of Ira
& Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.
Original - Large Berries
First Restrike - Small Berries
Second Restrike - Small Berries
NGC Proof-65 Red & Brown (illustrated above). Ex - Superior Stamp and
Coin's "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, February 7-8, 2000, Lot 1552, "1841 Breen 1-A
Proof Original...NGC graded Proof-65 Red & Brown...There are a few small
marks in the field off the tip of the nose...These look like contact marks
at first glance, but they are shallow chips or voids in the planchet, as
struck. EAC graded Proof-64", unsold - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins &
Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection" Sale - Part 1, February 18-20,
2001 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust
Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 127, "Original", B-1a", illustrated,
sold for $5,865.00 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s
"Benson II" sale, February 18-19, 2002, Lot 36, sold for $5,520.00
Gem Brilliant Proof 65. Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October
17-19, 2000, Lot 46, "Br. 3, Small Berries, die file lines over 'RICA'
identify this great rarity. Obverse shows the curving die crack linking
stars 3-6. Breen reports about 9 proofs known. Rick Coleman lists 14
examples in his 'Monograph of Second Restrike Proof Half Cents.'",
illustrated, sold for $6,900.00
NGC Proof-65 Red and Brown. Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles,
Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 227,
"Del Bland graded PR-63, Original", illustrated, sold for $5,520.00
PCGS Proof-65 Brown.
Akers "Pittman" - Jim McGuigan
PCGS Proof-64 Red and Brown. Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite
Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 325, "Proof Original", sold for $5,462.50
Ex Dr. Thomas Addis Emmet circa 1895-New York Public Library-Bowers &
Ruddy 10/82:2141-unknown- Auction '83 (RARCOA), lot 1007-Larry Hanks-
Auction '84 (Superior), lot 13-Jim McGuigan-Dr. Wallace Lee.
Proof-62 (illustrated below).
Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s 1999 ANA Signature Sale, August
11-13, 1999, Lot 5096, "PR-62, Original" (the white lines on the right rims
are photographic flaws)
Proof-60. Ex - Abner Kreisberg's sale, April 6, 1967, Lot 1786 - Stack's
"The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 71,
"Breen-3", illustrated, sold for $3,450.00
Sources and/or recommended
"American Half Cents - The 'Little Half Sisters' (Second
Edition)" by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.
"Walter Breen's Encyclopedia
of United States Half Cents 1793-1857" by Walter Breen
"The PCGS Population
Report, October 2003" by The
Professional Coin Grading Service
Early American Coppers Club