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1849 1/2c Original, Small Date PR RB

1849 1/2c Original, Small Date PR RB

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Greysheet Catalog Details (GSID: 643)

The 1849 Half Cent is part of a series of Braided Hair coins struck from 1840-1857. The specific variety is Original. Struck in Philadelphia and designated as a Proof (PR) strike, this coin is made of Copper from a mintage of 12 struck.
The original version variety of the 1849 Proof Half Cent is of the Braided Hair design on the obverse and large round berries on the reverse. The original mintage in 1849 was just 12 coins in total of which it is estimated that all have survived. Overall, this is a very rare low mintage coin worth anywhere between five thousand to over forty thousand dollars. The Small Date version of this original date proof Half Cent is the scarcer of the two with the other being the Large Date.
Obverse: Lady Liberty is portrayed with hair tied in a bun, facing left, in what is referred to as the so-called braided hair style. The word LIBERTY appearing on her headband. 13 stars appear continuously around the periphery with the date at the bottom.
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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GSID: 643
Coin Date: 1849
Denomination: 1/2c / Half Cent
Designation: PR
Mint Mark: P
Mint Location: Philadelphia
Mintage: 12
Coinage Type: Braided Hair
Coinage Years: 1840-1857
Composition: Copper
Variety: Original
Variety 2: Small Date
Strike Type: Proof
Diameter: 23.5 mm
Weight: 5.44 gr
Coin Shape: Round
Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Obverse Lettering: LIBERTY, 1849
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Lettering: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, HALF, CENT
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
PCGS #: 1303
NGC ID: 26ZL
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