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Obverse of 1845 Half Cent     Reverse of 1845 Half Cent


1845 HALF CENT

PCGS Nos: 1278, 1279

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 0
Proofs: estimated 30

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 23 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 84 grains (5.44 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmarks: None (for Philadelphia)

Notes:
The 1845 Half Cent was minted in Proof only, either as Originals (some of which were included in 1845 Proof sets or were sold individually) or as Restrikes which were made to satisfy collector demand even as late as 1860!  Originals have large berries on the reverse; restrikes have small berries and microscopic differences that separate them into what are known as First and Second Restrikes.  First Restrikes are also known as "Reverse of 1840"; Second Restrikes are known as "Reverse of 1856".  All 1845 Half Cent Proofs are rare, although the Restrikes appear to be slightly more "common" than the Originals.  Gem, unspotted Proofs are extremely rare and it is doubtful if a full Red Gem example exists.

The finest Proof "Original" Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-64BN.

The finest Proof "Original" Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65RB.

The finest Proof "Restrike" Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65BN.

The finest Proof "Restrike" Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66RB.

Images courtesy of David Akers Numismatics, Inc.

The coin illustrated above is ex - John Jay Pittman collection

Varieties:
Cohen PO-6 - Original
Cohen SR-7 - First Restrike
Cohen SR-22 - Second Restrike

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 (purchase a copy by clicking on the title)

"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club