1795 1/2C LE Punctuated Date, BN MS65BN

PCGS#: 1015

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The "punctuation" on Punctuated Date 1795 Half Cents looks like a long comma between the 1 and the 7 of the date.  While this seems like a perfectly normal place for punctuation, the "comma" was purely unintentional and is merely a die defect. The "comma" appears on the following 1795 die varieties:

Cohen 2a - Lettered Edge (the only variety that qualifies as the Punctuated Date, Lettered Edge)
Cohen 2b - Plain Edge
Cohen 3 - Plain Edge
Cohen 4 - Plain Edge

As can be seen above, the Cohen 2 variety bridged the transition from heavy weight (104 grains) to light weight (84 grains) planchets following a change in the law designed to reduce the cost of making Half Cents and Cents.  The light weight planchets were too thin to received edge lettering, so they were issued with plain edges.

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 400 R-6.2 10 / 11 10 / 14
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 11 TIE 1 / 14 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 11 TIE 1 / 14 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS62BN PCGS grade
3 AU58+ PCGS grade
4 AU55 PCGS grade
4 AU55 PCGS grade