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1843 HALF CENT - ORIGINAL

PCGS Nos: 1266, PCGS 1267, PCGS 1268

Variety equivalents: 
Breen 1a, Gilbert 1

Rarity: Very Rare

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 23 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 84 grains (5.44 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmarks: None (for Philadelphia)

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Recent appearances:
"Choice Proof".  Ex - Judge Joseph F. Sawicki, May 10, 1948, sold as part of a complete copper and silver Proof set (in an original case) for $225.00 - John Jay Pittman - David Akers Numismatics, Inc. "The John Jay Pittman Collection", October 21-23, 1997, Lot 832a, illustrated, "...81.9 grains...a few minor carbon spots as well as some cloudiness to the fields...very pronounced doubling on the reverse, especially noticeable on several of the berries and on the word AMERICA...The 8 in the date is repunched with the original numeral showing below the bottom of the correctly punched numeral.", sold as part of the complete 1843 Proof set (still in the original case) to which Pittman had added the Proof 1843 Quarter Eagle, Half Eagle, and Eagle!  This set may be complete set that appeared in the 1895 Winsor sale as Lot 1067, said to have been presented to President Tyler.

Notes:
The finest Proof "Original" Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66BN.

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

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

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"American Half Cents" by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.

"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

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

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club