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Obverse of 1836 Half Cent - Original Proof     Reverse of 1836 Half Cent - Original Proof


1836 HALF CENT

PCGS Nos: 1207, 1208, 1209

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 0
Proofs: estimated 25

Designer: John Reich

Diameter: 23.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 84 grains (5.45 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (all 1836 Half Cents were struck at the Philadelphia Mint)

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Varieties:
This date is found only in Proof condition.  Proofs exist as:
Originals
First Restrikes (cracked reverse)
Second Restrikes ("Reverse of 1840")

Notes:
The finest Proof Brown 1836 Half Cent graded by PCGS are 7 PR-64BN's.

The finest Proof Red-Brown 1836 Half Cents graded by PCGS are 3 PR-65RB's.

The finest Proof Red 1836 Half Cent graded by PCGS is a single PR-65RD.

The finest Proof "Rev. 1840" Red-Brown 1836 Half Cent graded by PCGS is a single PR-66RB.

The finest Proof "Rev. 1840" Red-Brown 1836 Half Cent graded by PCGS is a single PR-66RB.

Significant examples:
PCGS Proof-64 Red and Brown.  Virgil Brand - King Farouk- Sotheby & Co. 3/1954:1700 - Hans M. F. Schulman - Bowers "Norweb" 10/1987:91 - Bowers & Merena 05/1993:4 - Dr. Wallace Lee - Superior "Pre-Long Beach" 05/2003:321, $8,625.00

PCGS Proof-64 Red and Brown.  Stack's "Holmes" 10/1960:1333 - Philip E. Benedetti (Pickwick Stamp & Coin Co.) - William Doyle Galleries "Loye L. Lauder" 12/1983:290 - Mid-American 1985 - Dr. Wallace Lee - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, 05/2003:323, $8,050.00

PCGS Proof-63.  Larry Hanks - Garry Fitzgerald -  Mid American Rare Coin Auctions 5/1985:26 - Garry Fitzgerald - Mid American 9/1985:11 - Dr. Wallace Lee - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, 05/2003:322, $6,325.00

"Proof-63" (illustrated above).  Superior Galleries New York ANA Sale, 08/2002:190, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "1836. Original. Breen 1-A Rarity-5+. Proof 63. Chocolate brown with delicate overtones of bluish steel and traces of underlying faded mint color on the obverse. No spots or stains. The only notable marks are a few faint hairlines in the field above the head and a tiny rim nick under the bust tip. The fields are nicely reflective, especially on the reverse. Another choice proof from this old-time collection. Weight 82.7 grains.  Ex E. A. Maust 1920-A. Maust (son)."

Recent appearances:
ANACS Net G-4.  Paramount "Century Sale" 04/1965:102, $600.00 - Dr. Roy Strugeon - B&M "The Rarities Sale, 01/2002:14, $2,530.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"American Half Cents - The 'Little Half Sisters' (Second Edition)" by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.

"Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents 1793-1857" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2004" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club