The 1855 Braided Hair half cents have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these coins.

1855 Half Cent

Specifications

Type: Braided Hair Half Cent
Year: 1855
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
1855 Philadelphia 56,500

Value

The 1855 half cent is worth around $75 in very good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $95. In extremely fine condition the value is around $100. 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.

A small number of proof coins were minted and they are each valued at around $6,500 in PR-63BN condition.

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.

PR-63BN proof- 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.

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

1856 Half Cent
1854 Half Cent