Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Cap Half Cents (1793-1797)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 109,000
Catalog: KM-14
Obverse Designer: John Smith Gardner?
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.44 Grams
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1795 PLAIN EDGE 1/2C MS obverse 1795 PLAIN EDGE 1/2C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In December of 1795 the weight of the half cent was reduced to 84 grains from 104 grains, and the resulting planchets were too thin for lettering. This had the beneficial effect of eliminating one step in the coin-making process, as the lettering had been applied prior to striking.

There are six known die marriages for 1795 plain edge half cents. Among the popular varieties are the three marriages featuring the Punctuated Date obverse, in which a comma-like die defect appears between numerals 17 of the date. Also noted are two No Pole marriages in which lapping of the obverse die has eliminated the pole supporting Liberty's cap (see photos of C-6a).

1795 half cents with plain edge were coined mostly in 1796-97, and they are sometimes found on thick planchets. These were the result of cutting down to half cent diameter either spoiled large cent planchets or tokens purchased from the commercial firm of Talbot, Allum & Lee in New York City. In some instances the underlying design of the cents or tokens remains partially visible.

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1795 PLAIN EDGE 1/2C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 540 825 1325 2250 4350 4350 7200 8000 9500 11200 13000 16650 21000 34500 60000 - - - - - -
$ 4750 7700 8600 10500 12000 14000 17900 23000 37500 67500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 121
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 65


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1/24/2005 NGC G 4   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #25, 29/Lot# 2 $368.00
9/21/2005 PCGS AU 50   Brown Heritage Auctions 2005 September Long Beach Signature Auction #384, 384/Lot# 658 $5,462.50
5/30/2010 PCGS VG 10   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1118 $819.00
12/25/2011 NGC Details G Details  Teletrade Auction 3195, 3195/Lot# 1001 $280.00
2/28/2012 PCGS F 12   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1214 $977.50
8/2/2012 PCGS VF 20   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(1), 1173/Lot# 3036 $2,115.00
11/29/2012 NGC VG 8   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 7171 $793.13
7/27/2013 NGC VG 10   Brown Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30041 $708.53
12/22/2013 NGC F 12   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 159610 $1,000.00
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 65   Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 34 $132,250.00


NGC Registry

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