1848 HALF CENT -
Rarity: Very Rare
The finest Proof "Restrike" Brown example graded by PCGS is a
The finest Proof "Restrike" Red-Brown
examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-66RB's.
The finest Proof
"Restrike" Red example graded by PCGS is a single PR-64RD.
The finest Proof "Restrike, Large Berries" Red example graded
by PCGS is a single PR-67RD.
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Stamp and Coin
NGC Proof-65 Brown (illustrated above). Ex - Superior Stamp and Coin's "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, February
7-8, 2000, Lot 1553, "1848 Breen 1-B First Restrike...NGC graded
Proof-65 Brown...The only marks are a small spot of darker toning on the
temple, a thin struck-through line (as minted, caused by a thread or fine
wire stuck on the die) on the cheek right of the nostril, and a few fine pin
scratches between the tops of the 4 & 8 in the date...EAC
graded Proof-60", sold for $4,600.00
(illustrated below). Ex - Superior February 1987, Lot 40 - J.R.
Frankenfield - Superior Galleries' sale of the J.R. Frankenfield collection,
February 17, 2001, Lot 166, "Breen 1-B...Proof-55. First
Restrike. Cleaned...thin crease (looks like a very thin, light nick)
in the field before the lips and a spot of microscopic pitting at the leaf
over LF in HALF" at $2,990
Sources and/or recommended
"American Half Cents" by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.
"Walter Breen's Complete
Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The
Professional Coin Grading Service
Early American Coppers Club