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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7/30/2008 PCGS MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 1504 $74,750.00
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
6/2/2010 PCGS VG 8   Brown Teletrade Auction 2865, 2865/Lot# 1012 $632.50
11/7/2011 PCGS FA 2   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(4), 1161/Lot# 7037 $195.50
2/22/2013 PCGS   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1055 $998.75
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1184/Lot# 4117 $79,312.50
1/25/2015 NGC MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions Selections from the Law Collection of Mexican Coins Monthly World and Ancient Coin Auction Session(1), 241508/Lot# 65359 $270.25
8/12/2015 PCGS VF 25   Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1223/Lot# 3923 $5,170.00

NGC Registry

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