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Obverse of 1855 Half Cent     Reverse of 1855 Half Cent


PCGS Nos: 1233, 1234, 1235, 1326, 1327, 1328

Circulation strikes: 56,500
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)

The finest Uncirculated Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66BN.

The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 15 MS-65RB's.

The finest Uncirculated Red examples graded by PCGS are 21 MS-65RD's.

The finest Proof Brown examples graded by PCGS are 4 PR-64BN's.

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

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

Images courtesy of Superior Stamp and Coin

Varieties (1):
Cohen 1 - Common

Significant appearances:
(see individual variety)

Recent appearances:
(see individual variety)

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