Braided Hair Half Cents

(1840-1857)

Although gold and silver still took center stage in the 18th and 19th century monetary world, copper coins were dear to the colonial experience. Since well before the American Revolution, small coppers minted by official and unofficial sources circulated virtually everywhere in the Thirteen Colonies. The large number and variety of colonial coppers attest to how needed these coins were for common everyday transactions. When the United States Mint was established, the first regular issue coins minted were the copper cent and half cent. 

When the Mint began making copper coins in 1793, they were still competing with private coin issuers. Mint record show that 1,076 pounds of Talbot, Allum & Lee 1795 cent tokens (about 52,000 tokens) were purchased in April of 1795 and were cut down to make half cents. As more coins became available for the stream of commerce, the lowly half cent ceased to have meaning as a medium of exchange..... (Expand Text)

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1840 BRAIDED HAIR 1/2C, ORIGINAL PR64 Red Brown

ORIGINAL. LARGE BERRIES. SURFACES APPEAR MOSTLY RED. ONLY 18 COINS STRUCK.
$17,500.00

1840 BRAIDED HAIR 1/2C, RESTRIKE PR65 Brown

FIRST RESTRIKE. GEM REDDISH BROWN SURFACES. ONLY 20 STRUCK. RARITY-7+. CAC.
$17,600.00

1840 BRAIDED HAIR 1/2C, RESTRIKE PR65 Brown

FIRST RESTRIKE. RARITY-7. ONLY 20 MINTED. SUPERB REDDISH B BROWN SURFACES. CAC.
$17,600.00

1840 BRAIDED HAIR 1/2C, RESTRIKE PR66 Brown

RESTRIKE. GEM BROWN SURFACES WITH SOME RED STILL EVIDENT. ONLY 20 STRUCK. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS. CAC.
$21,950.00

1841 BRAIDED HAIR 1/2C, RESTRIKE PR65 Brown

REVERSE OF 1840. SECOND RESTRIKE. GEM SURFACES WITH SOME MINT RED PIERCING THROUGH. RARITY-6. CAC.
$17,500.00

1841 BRAIDED HAIR 1/2C, RESTRIKE PR65+ Brown

RESTRIKE. LOVELY GEM CHOCOLATE BROWN SURFACES. ONLY 16 COINS STRUCK. CAC.
$19,250.00

1842 BRAIDED HAIR 1/2C, RESTRIKE PR64 Brown

REVERSE OF 1840. 2ND RESTRIKE. ESTIMATED ONLY 27 STRUCK. ONLY TWO COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$9,000.00

1842 BRAIDED HAIR 1/2C, RESTRIKE PR65 Brown

REVERSE OF 1856. GEM GLOSSY BRWON SURFACES WITH SOME MINT RED STILL SHOWING. LESS THAN 20 SPECIMENS BELIEVED TO EXIST TODAY. RARITY-6. STARR PEDIGREE. CAC.
$19,750.00

1842 BRAIDED HAIR 1/2C, RESTRIKE PR65 Red Brown

SECOND RESTRIKE. REVERSE OF 1840. GEM RED BROWN GLOSSY SURFACES. AN ESTIMATED 20 WERE ORIGINALLY STRUCK. NORWEB PEDIGREE. CAC.
$24,750.00

1842 BRAIDED HAIR 1/2C, RESTRIKE PR65 Red Brown

REVERSE OF 1856. FIRST RESTRIKE. NEARLY FULL RED. ONLY ONE COIN GRADE HIGHER. NAFTZGER PEDIGREE. ESTIMATED ONLY 20 ORIGINALLY STRUCK.
$27,500.00

1843 BRAIDED HAIR 1/2C, ORIGINAL PR65 Red

ORIGINAL DIES. GEM RED WITH EVIDENCE OF CAMEO SURFACES. ONLY 21 COINS STRUCK. ONLY COIN GRADED AS FULL RED.
$55,000.00

1843 BRAIDED HAIR 1/2C, ORIGINAL PR65 Red Brown

ORIGINAL STRIKE. GEM RED BROWN MIRRORED SURFACES. RARITY-5. CONDTION CENSUS. CAC.
$41,250.00

1843 BRAIDED HAIR 1/2C, RESTRIKE PR65 Brown

RESTRIKE. GEM CHOCOLATE BROWN MIRRORED SURFACES. STARR PEDIGREE. CAC.
$15,950.00

1843 BRAIDED HAIR 1/2C, RESTRIKE PR65 Red Brown

REVERSE OF 1840. SATIN RED BROWN SURFACES. LESS THAN 10 COINS BELIEVED TO EXIST TODAY. RARITY-7. ELIASBERG PEDIGREE. CAC.
$27,500.00

1844 BRAIDED HAIR 1/2C, ORIGINAL PR65 Red Brown

ORIGINAL STRIKE. RADIANT, MOSTLY RED SURFACES. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED IN RB CATAGORY AT PCGS. CAC.
$35,750.00

1844 BRAIDED HAIR 1/2C, RESTRIKE PR66 Red Brown

GEM, MOSTLY RED LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY 6 COINS ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST TODAY IN ALL GRADES. THIS SPECIMEN IS TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR THE HIGHEST GRADED. ELIASBERG PEDIGREE. CAC.
$68,750.00

1844 BRAIDED HAIR 1/2C, RESTRIKE PR66+ Brown

REVERSE OF 1840. SECOND RESTRIKE. GEM GLOSSY LIGHT BROWN SURFACES WITH A FAIR AMOUNT OF MINT RED SHOWING. RARITY-6. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. CAC.
$27,500.00

1845 BRAIDED HAIR 1/2C, ORIGINAL PR63 Brown

ORIGINAL. CHOICE LIGHT OLIVE BROWN PATINA. ONLY 15 STRUCK. CAC.
$27,500.00

1845 BRAIDED HAIR 1/2C, RESTRIKE PR65 Red Brown

GEM RED BROWN LUSTROUS SURFACES. RARITY-6. SOLE RED BROWN DESIGNATED SPECIMEN GRADED. NORWEB SPECIMEN. CAC.
$27,500.00

1846 BRAIDED HAIR 1/2C, RESTRIKE PR65 Brown

REVERSE OF 1840. SECOND RESTRIKE. GLOSSY BROWN MIRRORED SURFACES WITH AN EVIDENCE OF MINT RED. ONLY 20 STRUCK. CAC.
$19,250.00

1846 BRAIDED HAIR 1/2C, RESTRIKE PR65 Brown

SECOND RESTRIKE. SMALL BERRIES. REVERSE OF 1840. GEM REDDISH BROWN SURFACES. ONLY 20 STRUCK. NORWEB PEDIGREE. CAC.
$19,250.00