1831 P Classic Head Half Cents : Restrike - Small Berries - Reverse of 1840-1857

Early Copper Half Penny

Mintage: N/A
Minted at: Philadelphia

Designer - Engraver: John Reich
Metal Composition: 100% Copper

Diameter: 23.5 mm
Mass / Weight: 5.44 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1831 Classic Head Half Cent Penny - Restrike Reverse of 1840
One major variety of the 1831 Classic Head Half Cent (Penny) features the second restrike version. The reverse of this coin features small berries on the wreath. The letters on the reverse are larger and there isn't a line or bar under the word "CENT" nor a dot in the center under the word "HALF". This was the reverse design used between 1840-1857. The restirkes were produced years later between 1858-1861 for sale to collectors. The difference between the original strike vs first restrike vs second restrike is depicted below in the example comparison image. Source of example images are courtesy of Heritage Auction Galleries:

1831 Original vs First Restrike vs Second Restrike Classic Head Half Cent - Difference and Comparison


Coin valuation chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth per grade or condition - in USD
Good
(G-4)
Very Good
(VG-8)
Fine
(F-12)
Very Fine
(VF-20)
Extremely Fine
(EF-40)
About Uncirculated
(AU-50)
Uncirculated
(MS-60)
Uncirculated
(MS-63)
Proof
(PR-63)
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MELT VALUE: $0.0323


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