1795 1/2C PE Punctuated Date, BN AU55BN

PCGS#: 1012

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
Cohen 2b - Plain Edge
Cohen 3 - Plain Edge
Cohen 4 - Plain Edge

Only the Cohen 2b, 3, and 4 varieties qualify as the Punctuated Date, Plain Edge varieties.

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: Plain
Mintage: 139,690 Weight: 5.44 grams Metal Content: Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 250 R-6.6 8 / 11 8 / 14
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 11 TIE 1 / 14 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 11 1 / 14

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62BN PCGS grade   Cohen 4.  ESM Collection
2 AU58 estimated grade   Cohen 4.  American Numismatic Rarities 7/2003:89, not sold
3 AU55 PCGS grade  
4 XF40 PCGS grade  
4 XF40 PCGS grade