W.I. 1857 Mint Set
1/2C 1857

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Coin Details

Origin/Country: UNITED STATES
Design Description: HALF CENTS - CORONET, BRAIDED HAIR
Item Description: 1/2C 1857 C-1
Full Grade: NGC MS 63 BN
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection

Set Details

Custom Sets: This coin is not in any custom sets.
Competitive Sets: W.I. 1857 Mint Set   Score: 1333
Research: NGC Coin Explorer NGC Coin Price Guide

Owner Comments:

The Coinage Act of Feb 21, 1857 ended the status of foreign coins as legal tender, discontinued the Half Cent and Large Cent and authorized the coinage of the Flying Eagle small cent.

The 1857 Half Cent is far scarcer than it's mintage of 35,180 coins would suggest, because well more than half the mintage still in the mint's remaining stock, was ordered melted by Mint Director James Ross Snowden after the denomination was abolished.

All 1857 Half Cents were struck from one set of dies and genuine business strikes all have a tiny lump of metal on the right side of the first "A" in AMERICA.

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