1845 HALF CENT
Nos: 1278, 1279
Circulation strikes: 0
Proofs: estimated 30
Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Diameter: 23 millimeters
Copper - 100%
Weight: 84 grains
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
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
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
Cohen PO-6 - Original
Cohen SR-7 - First Restrike
Cohen SR-22 - Second Restrike
Sources and/or recommended
"American Half Cents - The 'Little Half Sisters' (Second
Edition)" by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.
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
Early American Coppers Club