Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Cap Half Cents (1793-1797)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 25,600
Catalog: KM-14
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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1795 LETTER EDGE 1/2C MS Brown
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 65
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 64


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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1795 LETTER EDGE 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12191239165821062807381744314935515855636007624864007045872710372107881525221253000
12261379180723403144402245995009529357116087629966157606927510511122761725221253000
00000045995009529357116087629966157606927510511122761725221253000
00000047675084542858596168634968308166982410649137641925321253000
1795 LETTER EDGE 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base25852657301542866345751977258157854389619642122411303113732165101723417982187545006391680134561134561
26092776343849726736758778698285868291881050812504132641465816751174831823929190639351059731345610
000000786982858682918810508125041326414658167511748318239291906393510597300
000000801384148821941511374127671349815584169921773218496396267780712026700
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