Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Cap Half Cents (1793-1797)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 109,000
Obverse Designer: John Smith Gardner?
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 5.4400g
Diameter: 23.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1795 PLAIN EDGE 1/2C MS obverse 1795 PLAIN EDGE 1/2C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

In December of 1795 the weight of the half cent was reduced to 84 grains from 104 grains, and the resulting planchets were too thin for lettering. This had the beneficial effect of eliminating one step in the coin-making process, as the lettering had been applied prior to striking.

There are six known die marriages for 1795 plain edge half cents. Among the popular varieties are the three marriages featuring the Punctuated Date obverse, in which a comma-like die defect appears between numerals 17 of the date. Also noted are two No Pole marriages in which lapping of the obverse die has eliminated the pole supporting Liberty's cap.

1795 half cents with plain edge were coined mostly in 1796-97, and they are sometimes found on thick planchets. These were the result of cutting down to half cent diameter either spoiled large cent planchets or tokens purchased from the commercial firm of Talbot, Allum & Lee in New York City. In some instances the underlying design of the cents or tokens remains partially visible.

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Last Updated: 7/8/2019

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1795 PLAIN EDGE 1/2C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 140
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 65

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, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/19/2019 1795 PLAIN EDGE 1/2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base52220263097-3841-112------139
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Total52220263097-3841-112------139
 4 %16 %14 %19 %22 %6 %5 %-2 %6 %3 %1 %-1 %1 %1 %------ 
1795 PLAIN EDGE 1/2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------1-----1
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Total----------------1-----1
 ----------------100 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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1/8/2007 NGC VF 35   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 121, 126/Lot# 19 $2,645.00
5/30/2010 PCGS VG 10   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1118 $819.00
5/29/2011 PCGS G 4   Brown Teletrade Auction 3074, 3074/Lot# 1001 $488.75
2/22/2013 PCGS Genuine F   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6408 $588.68
9/25/2013 NGC XF 40   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1189/Lot# 4922 $2,585.00
1/26/2014 PCGS AU 50   Brown Goldberg January 26, 2014 The Missouri Cabinet, 77/Lot# 27 $24,150.00
6/29/2014 PCGS Genuine G   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 163081 $500.00
9/7/2016 NGC VF 30   Brown Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1239/Lot# 3407 $3,055.00
2/16/2017 PCGS VF 25   Brown Heritage Auctions 2017 February 16 - 19 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1252/Lot# 3024 $1,880.00
2/22/2018 PCGS G 6   Brown Heritage Auctions 2018 February 22 - 26 LB Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1272/Lot# 7040 $600.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1795 PLAIN EDGE 1/2C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base230823752705388258036903709675027865825989001135412101127651540016089167991753318886271113955158589
23302485309745226169696772317623799684729718116031232213643156291632517043179842162731257458970
0000007231762379968472971811603123221364315629163251704317984216273125700
00000073667744812786861053611852125431452115859165621728818435243693540400
1795 PLAIN EDGE 1/2C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13811398184722362918396345654935515855395922628669277570909411047116431635322658000
13871548197724633266416446885009528556676043650071418078974511246132131845522658000
00000046885009528556676043650071418078974511246132131845522658000
000000481250845412579461656713735685861039611444147832055622658000
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