Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Cap Half Cents (1793-1797)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 109,000
Catalog: KM-14
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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1795 PLAIN EDGE 1/2C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 130
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 65


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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1795 PLAIN EDGE 1/2C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base230823752705388258036903709675027865825989001135412101127651540016089167991753318886271113955158589
23302485309745226169696772317623799684729718116031232213643156291632517043179842162731257458970
0000007231762379968472971811603123221364315629163251704317984216273125700
00000073667744812786861053611852125431452115859165621728818435243693540400
1795 PLAIN EDGE 1/2C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base25852657301542866345751977258157854389619642122411303113732165101723417982187545006391680134561134561
26092776343849726736758778698285868291881050812504132641465816751174831823929190639351059731345610
000000786982858682918810508125041326414658167511748318239291906393510597300
000000801384148821941511374127671349815584169921773218496396267780712026700
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