1840 Braided Hair Half Cents : Second Restrike - Proof Only

Early Copper Half Penny

Mintage: N/A
Minted at: Philadelphia (No Mint Mark)

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.):
1840 Braided Hair Half Cent Penny - Second Restrike
One major variety of the 1840 Braided Hair Half Cent (Penny) is the Second 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. In addition: There are small die file marks above the letters "RICA" in the word "AMERICA" on the reverse of the coin. The letter "T" in the word "CENT" is not doubled so this helps distinguish the second restrike from the first restrike. The difference between the 1840 braided hair half cent original vs first restrike vs second restrike is depicted below in the example comparison image (Source of example images are courtesy of Heritage Auction Galleries):

1840 Original vs First Restrike vs Second Restrike Braided Hair Half Cent - Difference and Comparison

Coin Value Chart: Typical Coin Prices, Values and Worth in USD based on Grade/Condition
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USA Coin Book Estimated Value of 1840 Braided Hair Half Cent (Second Restrike - Proof Only Variety) is Worth $6,846 or more. Click here to Learn How to use Coin Price Charts. Also, click here to Learn About Grading Coins. The Melt Value shown below is how Valuable the Coin's Metal is Worth (bare minimum value of coin). Click here to see the Melt Value of every US Coin.

MELT VALUE: $0.0531

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