Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Cap Cents (1793-1796)
Mint: Philadelphia
Obverse Designer: Joseph Wright
Reverse Designer: Joseph Wright
Composition: Copper
Weight: 13.4800g
Diameter: 29mm
Edge: Plain
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1795 PL EDGE JEFFERSON S-80 1C MS obverse 1795 PL EDGE JEFFERSON S-80 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This cent variety received the name "Jefferson Head" decades after it was coined, due to Liberty's imagined resemblance to the USA's third president. The Jefferson Head Cents were not products of the Philadelphia Mint. Instead, they were struck by John Harper of that city as a proposal of the work he could perform for the United States. He created his own dies in imitation of the cents then circulating.

In 1795 a congressional committee was investigating the U. S. Mint for its relatively poor output of coins, and this opened the door for outside manufacturers to solicit a contract coinage. Harper was just such a person, and he had actually testified before the committee in February of that year. He struck and distributed these sample cents as a demonstration of his capabilities, and they were later simply spent by their recipients.

This plain edge cent is more often seen than the lettered edge variety, with perhaps a few dozen known.

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1795 PL EDGE JEFFERSON S-80 1C MS Brown
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Total Graded: 1
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: VG
High Grade: VG


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1/4/2001 PCGS VG 8   Brown Heritage Auctions 2001 F.U.N. Signature Sale #244, 244/Lot# 6111 $11,787.50
1/7/2009 PCGS G 4   Brown Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 3583 $14,950.00
3/8/2012 NGC VF 25   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1168/Lot# 3052 $184,000.00
1/9/2013 PCGS VF 20   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1181/Lot# 5523 $111,625.00
1/10/2014 NGC VG 10   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 January 10 The Adam Mervis Large Cent Collection FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1200/Lot# 2530 $52,875.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1795 PL EDGE 1C MS JEFFERSON S-80 Brown
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