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Obverse of 1846 Half Cent - Second Restrike     Reverse of 1846 Half Cent - Second Restrike


1846 HALF CENT -
SECOND RESTRIKE

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
"Proof-64" (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries New York ANA Sale, August 1-3, 2002, Lot 194, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "1846. Second Restrike. Breen 1-C Rarity-6. Proof 63. Light olive and chocolate brown with beautiful overtones of bluish steel and iridescent sea-green. The fields are nicely reflective and the upper half of the obverse still shows many of the fine die polishing lines. A bit softly struck on the central hair details around the ear and at stars 8 & 9, which is characteristic of Breen's "Series VI" version of these restrikes. There is a tiny, faint spot of reddish brown toning over star 1 and a microscopic planchet flake in the field midway between the inner curl and star 12. In addition, portions of the raised knife rim were carefully smoothed down on both sides (which was done at the mint on many of these first and second restrike proofs prior to their release). Weight 77.2 grains.   Ex Louis C. Gehring, Thomas L. Elder 8/1921:1005 - unknown - 1976 ANA Sale, Stack's 8/24/76:198 - J. J. Teaparty-Dr. Ernest J. Montgomery, 1997 ANA Sale, Heritage 7/30/97:8118."

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

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club