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1855 HALF CENT - COHEN 1

Mintage:
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)

Images courtesy of Superior Stamp and Coin

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-65 Red.  Ex - William Walser collection - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 17, illustrated, sold for $3,680.00

PCGS MS-65 Red.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2401, sold for $2,300.00

PCGS MS-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 237, illustrated, sold for $1,092.00

NGC MS-65 Red
- Superior 1/2005:66

MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 238, illustrated, sold for $719.00

MS-64 Red.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2402, unsold

PCGS MS-64 Red.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1090, illustrated, "...EAC graded MS63...", sold for $920.00

NGC MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6561, not illustrated, sold for $402.50

MS-63 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5357, not illustrated, sold for $293.25 

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, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club