Previous Date | Next Date | Braided Hair Half Cents by Date | Half Cents by Type

1857 Half Cent Obverse     1857 Half Cent Reverse


1857 HALF CENT

PCGS Nos: 1239, 1240, 1241, 1332, 1333

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 35,180
Proofs: estimated 275

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 examples graded by PCGS are 15 MS-64BN's.

The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 27 MS-64RB's.

The finest Uncirculated Red example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65RD.

The finest Proof Brown examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-65BN's.

The finest Proof Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66RB.

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Varieties (1):
Cohen 1 - Common

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-65 Red.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1093, illustrated, "...EAC grade Proof-60...", not sold

NGC Proof-65 RB.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale, Orlando", January 8, 2002, Lot 19, "B-2, C-1, Rarity-5," illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-64 Brown.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale, Orlando", January 8, 2002, Lot 18, "B-1, C-1. From the Dr. Roy Sturgeon Collection," illustrated, sold for $750.00

NGC MS-64 Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 244, not illustrated, sold for $402.00

Del Bland graded MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 245, illustrated, sold for $3,910.00  Ex James G. Macallister 6/7/44 as Unc Red for $3.50

PCGS MS-63 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 1328, "B-1, C-1", not illustrated, not sold

MS-63.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 54, "Br. 1", illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

PCGS MS-63 Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auction's "Central States Signature Sale", April 5-6, 2001, Lot 5643

MS-60.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 56, "Breen-1", sold for $230.00

Del Bland graded MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 246, not illustrated, sold for $241.00

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 247, "Del Bland graded VF-35", not illustrated, sold for $184.00

AU-55.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 55, "Br. 1", not illustrated, sold for $345.00

Del Bland graded EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 137, "B-1, C-1", illustrated, sold for $161.00

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