Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Cap Cents (1793-1796)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 37,000
Catalog: KM-13a
Obverse Designer: John Smith Gardner?
Reverse Designer: John Smith Garder?
Composition: Copper
Weight: 13.48 Grams
Diameter: 29mm
Edge: Lettered
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1795 LETTER EDGE 1C MS obverse 1795 LETTER EDGE 1C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The name John Smith Gardner has been put forth as the designer/engraver of this Head of 95 bust, but that is based solely on circumstantial evidence. Some specialists believe that this was simply Robert Scot's revision of his earlier hub to extend die life by lowering the relief.

The first cents dated 1795 were coined to the old standard of 208 grains, and these thicker cents carried the lettered edge of 1794 cents. Only four such die marriages are known three obverse dies and three reverses. The variety illustrated is S-74, and this is moderately scarce within the lettered edge issue of 1795. S-76a is rare, as is the Jefferson Head variety NC-1. This ultra rarity is similar in overall fabric to U. S. Mint cents, yet it is believed to have been coined privately, perhaps in anticipation of winning a coinage contract from the federal government.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/9/2014

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1795 LETTER EDGE 1C MS Brown
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Total Graded: 53
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 65

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5/24/2009 PCGS VF 25   Brown Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 155 $3,335.00
5/27/2009 PCGS AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions 2009 May Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1125, 1125/Lot# 55 $6,325.00
6/2/2010 PCGS VG 8   Brown Teletrade Auction 2865, 2865/Lot# 1012 $632.50
2/3/2011 NGC F 15   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1152/Lot# 3029 $2,530.00
8/8/2013 NGC Details F Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(6), 1188/Lot# 7056 $282.00
1/10/2014 NGC G 6   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 January 10 The Adam Mervis Large Cent Collection FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1200/Lot# 2517 $4,993.75
3/1/2015 NGC Details G Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131510/Lot# 23317 $470.00
3/31/2015 NGC MS 83   Brown Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32433 $188.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1795 LETTER EDGE 1C MS Brown
1795 LETTER EDGE 1C MS Red Brown
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