The 1851 Braided Hair half cents have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these coins.

1851 Half Cent


Type: Braided Hair Half Cent
Year: 1851
Face Value: $0.005
Composition: Copper
Total Weight: 5.44 grams

There is no mint mark on this coin. Each coin was minted in Philadelphia.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1851 Philadelphia 147,672


The 1851 half cent is worth around $60 in very good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $90. In extremely fine condition the value is around $115. In uncirculated condition the price is around $275 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS-63BN can sell for around $500.

Grading System

Very Good- The beads in Liberty's hair are distinct. Liberty's hair lines are visible in some spots.

Very fine- The lowest curl in Liberty's hair is worn. The rest of Liberty's hair is distinct.

Extremely fine- Liberty's hair and the laurel leaves only show light wear on the highest points.

MS 60 uncirculated- There are no signs of wear. The coin has luster, but there may be a few stains, abrasions, or surface marks.

MS-63BN choice uncirculated- In the major focal areas there are some blemishes or contact marks. The coin's luster might not be as prominent. The color is brown.



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