1848 Braided Hair Half Cent Image
Half Cent coinage types where never popular, and where even given a non-affectionate nickname, "Half Sisters"; during this era that was a negative connation. The coins barely circulated, mintages where often interrupted by low demand and copper shortages, melted for their precious metal content and an often changes in the design to make them more appealing to the public. In part, these design changes resulted in a large number of die varieties and marriages.

However, this is an advantage for the modern day collector, because this created lower surviving specimen numbers, and a good number of valuable varieties. More on values, mintages and varieties...

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 23 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 84 grains (5.44 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mint marks: None (all dates of this type were struck at Philadelphia)