Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Cap Half Cents (1793-1797)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 25,600
Obverse Designer: John Smith Gardner?
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 6.7400g
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1795 LETTER EDGE 1/2C MS obverse 1795 LETTER EDGE 1/2C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

It has been speculated that John Smith Gardner provided the new bust of Liberty employed for 1795-97 half cents, but this is not proveable with the available documentation. The severe reduction in relief for the Liberty bust undoubtedly was done to increase the useful life of the dies, an ever-present concern for the infant U. S. Mint in the 1790s. The wreath, already simplified in 1794, remained essentially unchanged through the end of the series.

Just two die marriages are known for the 1795 half cent with lettered edge. One of these obverse dies was transitional with the subsequent plain edge varieties, and it is easily recognized by the comma-like flaw between numerals 1 and 7 (C-2, the Punctuated Date). The coin illustrated is the other lettered edge variety, C-1.

The original weight standard of 104 grains for the half cent survived until December of 1795, when the rising price of copper forced a reduction to 84 grains. This resulted in thinner planchets that no longer allowed for edge lettering. As there was little danger of copper coins being clipped in an effort to steal a bit of copper, the loss of this lettering had no lasting impact.

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Last Updated: 4/24/2020

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1795 LETTER EDGE 1/2C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 715 1060 1900 3725 5000 6875 7200 11500 15750 18200 24200 29000 39500 107500 120000 185000 200000 - - -
$ - - - - 16500 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 72
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 64

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/26/2020 1795 LETTER EDGE 1/2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1861418453132-1411------72
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Total1861418453132-1411------72
 1%11%8%19%25%6%7%4%1%4%3%-1%6%1%1%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1795 LETTER EDGE 1/2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12191239165821062807381744314935515855636007624864007045872710372107881525221253000
12261379180723403144402245995009529357116087629966157606927510511122761725221253000
00000045995009529357116087629966157606927510511122761725221253000
00000047675084542858596168634968308166982410649137641925321253000
1795 LETTER EDGE 1/2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13931521205227213345455051586089628669517570783480828644958811354117541707323669000
143616982275292937474753546861556508715776587917826989591017711487135271927223669000
000000546861556508715776587917826989591017711487135271927223669000
000000577962206729736477467999845792731076511621153002147023669000
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