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Obverse of 1854 Half Cent     Reverse of 1854 Half Cent


PCGS Nos: 1230, 1231, 1232, 1323


Circulation strikes: 55,358
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, PA)

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Cohen 1 - Common

Significant examples:
See individual varieties

Recent appearances:
See individual varieties

Breen 1-B, PCGS Proof-63 Brown.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1089, illustrated, "...EAC graded Proof-60.", not sold

The finest Uncirculated Brown examples graded by PCGS are 7 MS-65BN's.

The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-65RB's.

The finest Uncirculated Red examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-65RD's.

The finest Proof Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-63BN's.

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

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