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Obverse of 1850 Half Cent     Reverse of 1850 Half Cent


1850 HALF CENT

PCGS Nos: 1221, 1222, 1223, 1311, 1312

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 39,812
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 Uncirculated Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65BN.

The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-64RB's.

The finest Uncirculated Red example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64RD.

The finest Proof Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65BN.

The finest Proof Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-65RB's.

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc. (Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection" Sale - Part 1, February 18-20, 2001)

Varieties:
Cohen 1

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 335, "C-1", sold for $5,750.00 Ex 1976 ANA Sale (Stack's), lot 207-Robert W. Barker-Stack's 10/86:4- unknown-Auction '87 (Paramount) 7/31/87:2-Dr. Wallace Lee. 

ANACS Proof-60 Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 230, "Del Bland graded MS-60, C-1", illustrated, sold for $2,817.00  Ex Superior Galleries 10/89:898 as Proof-63

ANACS Proof-60 Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6562, "B-1", illustrated, sold for $2,041.25  From the Dr. Jeff Hosford Collection

PCGS MS-64 Red-Brown.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 101, "C-1, B-1, Rarity-1", illustrated, sold for $1,150.00

NGC MS-63 Brown.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1085, illustrated, "...EAC graded AU55.", not sold

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 231, "Del Bland graded EF-40, C-1", not illustrated, sold for $287.00  Ex Ira S. Reed 6/15/44 as Red Unc for $3.50

Del Bland graded AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 232, "C-1",  illustrated, sold for $460.00

AU55.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1086, illustrated, sold for $253.00

Del Bland EF-40.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 130, "C-1, B-1", illustrated, sold for $241.00

AU-50.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 50, "Breen-1" @$138.00

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