1795 1/2C Plain Edge, No Pole, BN AU58BN

CERTIFICATION#: 13772619
PCGS#: 1018

Owner's Comments

C5a

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: 1795 Half Cents are found in a variety of combinations: Lettered Edge vs. Plain Edge, With Pole vs. No Pole, Punctuated Date vs. Normal Date.  The Lettered Edge was the normal type of the 104 grain planchet.  When the weight of the Half Cent was reduced to 84 grains at the end of 1795, the planchets were too thin to accommodate the edge lettering, thus the Plain Edge was born.  The Punctuated Date was created by a defect in the die that appears as a comma between the 1 and the 7 of the date.  The No Pole variety was created when the engraver forgot to add the pole to the die; the With Pole (non-Punctuated Date) appears to be the same die with the Pole added later.

Here is how the major varieties break down:

Lettered Edge, With Pole
Lettered Edge, Punctuated Date
Plain Edge, Punctuated Date
Plain Edge, No Pole

Here is how the die varieties break down:

Lettered Edge, With Pole
Cohen 1

Lettered Edge, Punctuated Date
Cohen 2a

Plain Edge, Punctuated Date
Cohen 2b
Cohen 3
Cohen 4

Plain Edge, No Pole
Cohen 5a
Cohen 5b
Cohen 6a
Cohen 6b

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

Diameter: 23.50 millimeters Designer: John Smith Gardner Edge: Plain
Mintage: 139,690 Weight: 5.44 grams Metal Content: Copper
3
275
6
45+
6,100
50+
8,000
53+
9,500
55+
12,000
58
13,500
3
58+
14,500
60
17,000
61
19,000
2
62
24,000
62+
25,000
63+
52,500
64
72,500
0
64+
87,500
1
65
130,000
2
65+
145,000
66
175,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 300 R-6.4 9 / 11 9 / 14
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 7 / 11 TIE 9 / 14 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 3 / 11 3 / 14

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
3 MS63BN PCGS grade High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)
3 MS63BN PCGS grade  
3 MS63BN PCGS grade