1795 1/2C Lettered Edge, BN VF35BN

PCGS#: 1009

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: For Half Cent collectors, the year 1795 is full of interesting varieties: heavy weight planchets, light weight planchets, Punctuated Date, No Pole, Lettered Edge, Plain Edge, struck on cut-down Large Cents and Talbot, Allum & Lee tokens, etc.

The earliest 1795 Half Cents were struck on 104 grain planchets with a lettered edge.  Because of rising costs of copper, the weight was reduced to 84 grains and subsequent coins bore a plain edge.

Two die varieties of 1795 Half Cents have Lettered Edges, but only the Cohen 1 qualifies for the type:

Cohen 1 - a capital letter I was used for the 1 of the date.

Cohen 2 - a comma-like mark appears between the 1 and the 7 of the date, earning this variety the nickname "Punctuated Date" (under which type it appears).

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"American Half Cents (Second Edition)" by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.

Diameter: 23.50 millimeters Designer: John Smith Gardner Edge: Lettered: TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR
Mintage: 139,690 Weight: 6.74 grams Metal Content: Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 11 / 11 13 / 14
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 7 / 11 TIE 9 / 14 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 11 TIE 1 / 14 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67BN PCGS grade  
2 MS66BN PCGS grade
3 MS64BN PCGS grade  
4 MS63BN PCGS grade  
4 MS63BN PCGS grade