Coin Specifications

Category: Draped Bust Cents (1796-1807)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 363,375
Catalog: KM-22
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.89g
Diameter: 29mm
Edge: Plain
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1796 DRAPED BUST 1C MS obverse 1796 DRAPED BUST 1C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

Debuting on the silver dollar in 1795, this charming bust of Liberty was adapted for the cent midway through 1796. In that year it was paired with three different reverse styles, known respectively as the Reverse of 94, the Reverse of 95 or the Reverse of 97 for the years in which they were the norm.

It was around this time that the U. S. Mint began ordering copper planchets of high quality from Matthew Boulton in England, and the resulting coins were likewise of finer manufacture. Among the Mint State survivors on these planchets are the 1796-97 cents from the so-called Nichols Find, a hoard which surfaced around 1863 and was named for the coins' owner at the time. From this source has come the majority of pieces found in high grade type sets.

Coinage of 1796-dated Draped Bust Cents resulted lasted well into 1797 and resulted in some 34 die marriages. S-110 appears to be the most common variety, while S-119 (photos) is just slightly scarce in overall numbers. The rarest varieties are NC-2, -5, -6 and -7. This last variety is lacking stems on the wreath, a die which was used for some 1797 cents, too.

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1796 DRAPED BUST 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 156
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 66


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8/11/2015 PCGS Genuine VF   Brown Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 94 $587.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1796 DRAPED BUST 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17930451586514212233248026992936308032813406352537123984443157477704136291941511
221374632105016922315255327782984314733233446358738034133487063999679155581941510
000000255327782984314733233446358738034133487063999679155581941500
0000002626285730323214336434853650389342825308705211654174861941500
1796 DRAPED BUST 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111969280730333172336534863639391942315049668574569070111
111116572248288230793236340535373732402345045594694279949070110
0000002248288230793236340535373732402345045594694279949070100
0000002528295831263301344635883826412747766140719985329070100
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