1836 Proof Classic Head Half Cent

The 1836 Proof Classic Head Half Cent (Buy on eBay) is another rare issue and the start of many proof-only dates for the half cent denomination. The others would follow in the subsequent Braided Hair Half Cent series.

Similar to 1831, restrikes of the 1836 Proof Half Cent would be made in later periods. Some would be made with the original reverse die, while others would be made with a reverse die of 1840-1857, from the subsequent type. The difference between the originals and first restrikes is minimal and not widely known outside of devoted specialists.

Coin Specifications

  • Mint Mark: None
  • Designer: John Reich
  • Composition: Copper
  • Weight: 5.44 grams
  • Diameter: 23.5 mm
  • Edge: Plain

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