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1831 Half Cent Restrike, Reverse 1836, Large Berries

1831 Half Cent Restrike, Reverse 1836, Large Berries

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Greysheet Catalog Details (GSID: 548)

The 1831 Half Cent is part of a series of Classic Head coins struck from 1809-1836. The specific variety is Restrike. Struck in Philadelphia and designated as a Proof (PR) strike, this coin is made of Copper from a mintage of 25-35 struck.
The Reverse 1836, Large Berries variety of the 1831 Proof Half Cent is known as the first restrike type struck. As compared to the Reverse 1840, Small Berries variety there are a few minor diagnostic differences on the reverse. The berries that appear on the reverse wreath are noticeably sizeable, in which that specific reverse design remained in use from 1831 through 1836. These restrikes were minted a few decades later, from 1858 to 1861, for sale to collectors, just prior to the onset of the Civil War. This Half Cent Issue comes from an original mintage of just 30 coins with a few less being known today making it very rare, valuable and desirable to high-end collectors.
Obverse: Lady Liberty is portrayed with a capped bonnet, facing left, in what is referred to as the so-called classic head style. The word LIBERTY appearing on her headband. 13 stars appear left and right in a 7x6 formation.
Reverse: The words UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around the periphery surround a wreath framing the words HALF CENT. The wreath is tied by a bow at the bottom.

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Catalog Detail

GSID: 548
Coin Date: 1831
Denomination: 1/2c / Half Cent
Designation: PR
Mint Location: Philadelphia
Mintage: 25-35
Coinage Type: Classic Head
Coinage Years: 1809-1836
Composition: Copper
Variety: Restrike
Variety 2: Reverse 1836, Large Berries
Strike Type: Proof
Diameter: 23.5 mm
Weight: 5.44 gr
Coin Shape: Round
Designer: John Reich
Obverse Lettering: LIBERTY, 1831
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
PCGS #: 1191
NGC ID: 2237

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