Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Cap Cents (1793-1796)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 501,500
Catalog: KM-13
Obverse Designer: John Smith Gardner?
Reverse Designer: John Smith Garder?
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.89 Grams
Diameter: 29mm
Edge: Plain
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1795 PLAIN EDGE 1C MS obverse 1795 PLAIN EDGE 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

By the end of 1795 the price of copper had risen to the point that a reduction in the weight of the cent and half cent was needed. This change was authorized verbally by President Washington in December and formalized a month later. New cents would henceforth weight only 168 grains.

Too thin for edge lettering, the subsequent cents all have plain edges. Six die marriages are known, with a single variety (S-79) having a reeded edge. This was perhaps tested as a replacement for edge lettering, but the experiment was not repeated. S-76b (photos) and S-78 are common, S-77 is moderately scarce, and NC-2 and NC-3 are quite rare.

The plain edge variety known as the Jefferson Head Cent (S-80) is not a mint issue, but it was so skillfully prepared that it has long been collected as a regular part of the series. Therefore, William Sheldon included it within his numbering system for early cents.

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Last Updated: 9/9/2014

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1795 PLAIN EDGE 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 490 780 1175 1900 4250 4250 5500 6300 7800 9000 10500 11650 15500 22500 35000 55000 - - - - -
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1795 PLAIN EDGE 1C MS Red Brown
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 214
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 65


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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1795 PLAIN EDGE 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17951559777413331949227625552743286030233126323834473765429055637317124691760511
29154265696015382058236926172782291430573163330735533940471461479034141811760510
000000236926172782291430573163330735533940471461479034141811760500
0000002462268028212968309132003377365941155138673210751158931760500
1795 PLAIN EDGE 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111117992585278629103085319433243601411149356545824798401256511
11111600206126522827296831213237341637714385547171128778107481256510
000000206126522827296831213237341637714385547171128778107481256500
000000232327192868302631573280350839414660600876799309116561256500
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