Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Cap Cents (1793-1796)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 501,500
Obverse Designer: John Smith Gardner?
Reverse Designer: John Smith Garder?
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.8900g
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 and S-78 are common, S-77 (photos) 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: 2/14/2017

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1795 PLAIN EDGE 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 490 700 1150 1775 4000 5500 6450 7500 9000 9750 10500 13250 20500 32100 57500 103000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 15500 - - - - - -
1795 PLAIN EDGE 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 65000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 266
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 65


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10/22/1997 PCGS G 4   Brown Teletrade Auction 0991, 991/Lot# 1005 $163.50
5/24/2009 PCGS AU 55   Brown Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 158 $4,140.00
1/24/2012 NGC AU 50   Brown Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 8043 $2,587.50
7/7/2013 NGC Details VG Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131329/Lot# 20018 $364.25
7/27/2013 NGC VG 10   Brown Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30041 $708.53
3/28/2014 NGC VF 35   Brown Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5033 $2,937.50
6/1/2014 NGC AG 3   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 806, 815/Lot# 1 $350.00
10/12/2014 PCGS VG 10   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 202283 $880.00
1/7/2015 NGC XF 40   Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1216/Lot# 3109 $2,820.00
4/26/2017 PCGS XF 45   Brown Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1254/Lot# 3063 $3,055.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1795 PLAIN EDGE 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17951559777413331949227625552743286030233126323834473765429055637317124691760511
29154265696015382058236926182782291430573163330835533940471461489034141811760510
000000236926182782291430573163330835533940471461489034141811760500
0000002462268028212969309232013377365941155139673210752158931760500
1795 PLAIN EDGE 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111117992585278629103085319433243601411149356545824798401256511
11111600206126522827296831213237341637714386547271128778107481256510
000000206126522827296831213237341637714386547271128778107481256500
000000232327192869302731583281350939414660600876809309116571256500
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