1849 P Braided Hair Half Cents : Original - Small Date - Proof Only

Early Copper Half Penny

Mintage: N/A
Minted at: Philadelphia

Designer - Engraver: Christian Gobrecht
Metal Composition: 100% Copper

Diameter: 23 mm
Mass / Weight: 5.44 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1849 Braided Hair Half Cent Penny - Original - Small Date
One major variety of the 1849 Braided Hair Half Cent (Penny) is the Original strike version. This can be identified by noting that the berries on the reverse of the coin are large and round along with a smaller date. The first restrike variety has small berries and there are no known second restrikes. The difference between the 1849 braided hair half cent original vs first restrike is depicted below in the example comparison image (Source of example images are courtesy of Heritage Auction Galleries):

1849 Original vs First Restrike Braided Hair 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: $0.0317


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