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Obverse of 1844 Half Cent - Second Restrike     Reverse of 1844 Half Cent - Second Restrike


1844 HALF CENT

PCGS Nos: 1275, 1276

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 0
Proofs: estimated 25

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 23 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 84 grains (5.44 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmarks: None (all 1844 Half Cents were struck at the Philadelphia Mint)

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Varieties:
Original 
First Restrike 
Second Restrike

Notes:
The finest Proof "Original" Brown 1844 Half Cent graded by PCGS is a single PR-64BN.

The finest Proof "Original" Red and Brown 1844 Half Cents graded by PCGS are 2 PR-64RB's.

The finest Proof "Original" Red 1844 Half Cents graded by PCGS are 2 PR-63RD's.

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

The finest Proof "Restrike" Red and Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-65RB's.

Significant examples:
(see individual varieties)

Recent appearances:
(see individual varieties)

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"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

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club