1849 P Braided Hair Half Cents : First Restrike - 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 - First Restrike - Small Date
One major variety of the 1849 Braided Hair Half Cent (Penny) is the First Restrike version which was produced later on around 1859 for collectors. This can be identified by noting that the berries on the reverse of the coin are much smaller than the original version and the date on the obverse of the coin is smaller. In addition: The letter "T" in the word "CENT" is doubled towards the right as depicted in the example image above. There were no second restrikes produced during this year. 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: $0.0318


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