1847 HALF CENT -
Rarity: Very Rare
Breen 1609, Cohen SR-24
PCGS makes no distinction between the so-called First and Second
Restrikes, instead lumping them together. PCGS has graded 20 Restrikes, the finest of which are two
PR-66 Browns, one PR-66 Red and Brown, and one PR-64 Red.
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"Proof-63" (illustrated above). Ex -
Superior Galleries New York ANA Sale, August 1-3, 2002, Lot 195,
illustrated, where it was described as follows: "1847. Second
Restrike. Breen 1-C Rarity-6-. Proof 63. Light to medium steel brown with
underlying faded mint red on both sides and delicate overtones of light
bluish steel and iridescent rose. The fields are moderately reflective.
There is a fine hairline in the field right of the main curl and a few
specks of very light carbon, largest at the base of the 8 in the date.
Sharply struck on a thick planchet, Coleman's Group I, Breen's Series IV.
Weight 86.9 grains. Ex E. A. Maust 1920-A. Maust (son)."
"American Half Cents, the 'Little Half Sisters' (second edition)"
by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.
Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen
Population Report, July 2003" by the Professional Coin Grading
Early American Coppers Club