The Norweb-Cohen 1846 Original Half Cent1846 1/2 C Original. PO-7, B-1, R.6. PR64 Brown NGC. PR63 EAC. Small date; Large berries. The 1846 obverse die is quite curious. The date is composed of individual digits that are distinctive and entirely different than any others throughout the 1840s. From 1840 through 1845, the digit 1 is short with a flat, plain top. In 1846, this digit has a distinctive peaked and curved top. From 1847 to 1849, the digit 1 has a tall peak and a smoothly curved top, yet appears to be a different size in each year. The digit 8 is block-styled, short, and squat from 1840 to 1845, rather misshapen in a fancy style in 1846, and tall, block-styled in 1847 and 1848. In 1849, the digit 8 is similar to the early years. The digit 4 is short with a plain crossbar from 1840 to 1845, slightly taller with a plain crossbar in 1846, and tall with a crosslet 4 in 1847 and 1848. In 1849, the digit 4 is quite short as in the early years, but it has a crossbar. Walter Breen suggested that the 1846 date is hand-engraved in the die, while Dave Bowers feels that the digits are all individually punched into the die, and not engraved by hand. A comparative study of the individual dates on each die might make an interesting article for a future issue of Penny-Wise.
A delightful, sharply struck Proof with exceptional eye appeal. The surfaces have a distinct olive coloration with mellow orange, only slightly faded from original mint color. The surfaces have a few minor corrosion spots, but these are not distracting.
Ex: J.C. Morgenthau (1935); Norweb Collection (Bowers and Merena, 10/1987), lot 113; Roger S. Cohen, Jr. (Superior, 2/1992), lot 359. Envelope Included.(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 26ZE, PCGS# 1284)
Weight: 5.44 grams
Metal: 100% Copper
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