History, Information, and Value of 1840 Braided Hair Half Cent
Value of 1840 C-PO-1 Braided Hair Half Cent
Whitman-1 | Original, Large Berries, Proof | Cohen-PO-1, B-1a | Breen dies: 1-A. | This variety was struck for inclusion in Proof sets of the date as well as for individual sale. These were struck in 1840. Perhaps 20 to 25 can be accounted for today. Some of the survivors exhibit crushed reeding on the edge, no doubt representing a Mint experiment. All three types of Proofs of the 1840 Braided Hair Half Cent are from the same obverse die.
Value of 1840 C-SR-2 Braided Hair Half Cents
W-2 | Original, Large Berries, Proof | C-SR-2, B-2 | Breen dies: 1-B. This and later First Restrikes: Slight doubling at NT (CENT) and wreath ribbon. | Only seven to nine examples of this elusive issue are thought to exist; it is the scarcest of the three styles of the date. These are believed to have been struck in 1856 or later to supply collector demand.
Value of 1840 C-SR-17 Braided Hair Half Cents
W-3 | Second Restrike, Small Berries, Proof | C-SR-17, B-3 | Breen dies: 1-C. This and later Second Restrikes: Diagonal die lines over RICA. | Only 14 to 17 or so examples can be traced of this elusive variety. These were likely struck in the spring of 1859 or later to supply collector demand within the rapidly expanding numismatic hobby.
The obverse text ¾Braided Hair Half Cents read¾“Liberty, 1840.” The reverse of the coins read “United States of America, Half Cent.” If you are selling your coin, please consider contacting our rare coin experts, or consulting our rare coin price guide. We are the old coin buyer that you can trust, and we will offer you top dollar for your coin. To get an old coin appraisal, our experts will need to see an image of the rare coins you are interested in selling. Please include a front and back image of the coins.