Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Cap Half Cents (1793-1797)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 25,600
Catalog: KM-14
Obverse Designer: John Smith Gardner?
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 6.74 Grams
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1795 LETTER EDGE 1/2C MS obverse 1795 LETTER EDGE 1/2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

It has been speculated that John Smith Gardner provided the new bust of Liberty employed for 1795-97 half cents, but this is not proveable with the available documentation. The severe reduction in relief for the Liberty bust undoubtedly was done to increase the useful life of the dies, an ever-present concern for the infant U. S. Mint in the 1790s. The wreath, already simplified in 1794, remained essentially unchanged through the end of the series.

Just two die marriages are known for the 1795 half cent with lettered edge. One of these obverse dies was transitional with the subsequent plain edge varieties, and it is easily recognized by the comma-like flaw between numerals 1 and 7 (C-2, the Punctuated Date). The coin illustrated is the other lettered edge variety, C-1.

The original weight standard of 104 grains for the half cent survived until December of 1795, when the rising price of copper forced a reduction to 84 grains. This resulted in thinner planchets that no longer allowed for edge lettering. As there was little danger of copper coins being clipped in an effort to steal a bit of copper, the loss of this lettering had no lasting impact.

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1795 LETTER EDGE 1/2C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 540 825 1475 2600 5000 5000 9500 10500 12750 14750 16000 17000 21750 36500 62500 - - - - - -
$ 5750 10500 11500 13750 15750 17500 19000 24000 57500 70000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 61
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 64


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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1795 LETTER EDGE 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base230823752705388258036903709675027865825989001135412101127651540016089167991753318886271113955158589
23302485309745226169696772317623799684729718116031232213643156291632517043179842162731257458970
0000007231762379968472971811603123221364315629163251704317984216273125700
00000073667744812786861053611852125431452115859165621728818435243693540400
1795 LETTER EDGE 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base25852657301542866345751977258157854389619642122411303113732165101723417982187545006391680134561134561
26092776343849726736758778698285868291881050812504132641465816751174831823929190639351059731345610
000000786982858682918810508125041326414658167511748318239291906393510597300
000000801384148821941511374127671349815584169921773218496396267780712026700
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