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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/9/2014

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1796 DRAPED BUST 1C MS Brown
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Total Graded: 152
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 66

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5/28/2008 PCGS VG 10   Brown Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 1779 $632.50
5/19/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Teletrade Auction 2857, 2857/Lot# 1001 $126.50
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 13008 $152,750.00
11/3/2013 PCGS G 4   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/03/2013, 99/Lot# 137034 $990.00
1/10/2014 NGC F 12   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 January 10 The Adam Mervis Large Cent Collection FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1200/Lot# 2560 $6,168.75
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 63   Brown Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 428 $21,737.50
4/20/2014 NGC Details FA Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131417/Lot# 22007 $146.88
11/2/2014 PCGS AG 3   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10425 $375.00
3/1/2015 NGC G 4   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131510/Lot# 23013 $481.75
10/29/2015 PCGS G 6   Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1225/Lot# 7021 $646.25

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NGC Registry Score 1796 DRAPED BUST 1C MS Brown
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