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Obverse of 1847 Half Cent     Reverse of 1847 Half Cent


1847 HALF CENT

PCGS Nos: 1290, 1291

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 (for Philadelphia)

Notes:
The finest Proof "Original" Brown examples graded by PCGS are 6 PR-64BN's.

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

The finest Proof "Restrike" Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-66BN's.

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

The finest Proof "Restrike" Red example graded by PCGS is a single PR-64RD.

Images courtesy of Ron Guth

Varieties:
Original
First Restrike
Second Restrike

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)

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

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club