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Obverse of 1851 Half Cent - Cohen 1     Reverse of 1851 Half Cent - Cohen 1


1851 HALF CENT

PCGS Nos: 1224, 1225, 1226

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 147,672
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-66BN.

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

The finest Uncirculated Red examples graded by PCGS are 6 MS-63RD's.

Images courtesy of Bill Eckberg

Varieties:
Cohen 1 - Common

Recent appearances:
MS-64
- Stack's 09/2000:51, $920.00

NGC MS-64 Brown
- Heritage 04/2001:5641

PCGS MS-63 Red
- Dr. Roy Sturgeon
- Bowers and Merena 01/2002:16, $1,150.00 

NGC MS-63 Red and Brown
- Dr. Roy Sturgeon
- Bowers and Merena 1/2002:17, $259.00

"MS-63"
- Superior 1/2005:64, "Double Profile"

NGC MS-62 Brown
- Heritage 10/2000:5849, $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

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

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club