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

1844 HALF CENT -

PCGS Nos: PCGS does not differentiate between First and Second Restrikes


Circulation strikes: 0
Proofs: unknown

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 23 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 84 grains (5.44 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmarks: None (for Philadelphia)

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Recent appearances:
Proof-55 (illustrated above).  Ex - Bowers & Merena, November 1987, Lot 7 - J.R. Frankenfield - Superior Galleries' sale of the J.R. Frankenfield collection, February 17, 2001, Lot 162, "Breen 1-C...Proof-55.  Second Restrike.  Cleaned long ago, now retoned golden tan and light brown with overtones of reddish steel...half dozen tiny specks of carbon..." at $2,530

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 (purchase a copy by clicking on the title)

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club