1795 1C Plain Edge, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Cap Cents 1793-1796

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN

View More Images

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS64+BN

PCGS MS64+BN

PCGS #:
1380
Designer:
Attributed to Robert Scot
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
28.00 millimeters
Weight:
10.89 grams
Mintage:
501,500
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
Copper
Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 8 / 11 TIE 9 / 12 TIE
60 or Better 25 R-9.0 6 / 11 7 / 12
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 2 / 11 TIE 2 / 12 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,000
60 or Better 25
65 or Better 2
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.0
60 or Better R-9.0
65 or Better R-9.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 8 / 11 TIE
60 or Better 6 / 11
65 or Better 2 / 11 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 9 / 12 TIE
60 or Better 7 / 12
65 or Better 2 / 12 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN PCGS grade
1 MS65BN PCGS grade
1 MS65BN PCGS grade
4 MS64+BN PCGS grade
4 MS64BN PCGS grade MS64BN PCGS grade
4 MS64BN PCGS grade
4 MS64BN PCGS grade
4 MS64BN PCGS grade
4 MS64BN PCGS grade
4 MS64BN PCGS estimated grade

Sheldon 78.  Henry Chapman 11/1915 - New Netherlands 4/1960:1368, $165 - John Jay Pittman - David Akers 10/1997:167, $5,500

#1 MS65BN PCGS grade
#1 MS65BN PCGS grade
#1 MS65BN PCGS grade
#4 MS64+BN PCGS grade
MS64BN PCGS grade #4 MS64BN PCGS grade
#4 MS64BN PCGS grade
#4 MS64BN PCGS grade
#4 MS64BN PCGS grade
#4 MS64BN PCGS grade
#4 MS64BN PCGS estimated grade

Sheldon 78.  Henry Chapman 11/1915 - New Netherlands 4/1960:1368, $165 - John Jay Pittman - David Akers 10/1997:167, $5,500

Ron Guth:

By 1795, the cost of making a Large Cent exceeded its face value, thus the government was forced to consider a change. Their answer was to simply reduce the weight of the coin. Because the diameter remained the same, the effect of lowering the weight was a much thinner coin. Making the coin thinner had both negative and positive consequences: 1) the edge was no longer thick enough to receive the edge lettering, and 2) by eliminating the edge lettering, a whole step in the manufacturing process could be avoided, thus speeding up production.

The effect of the change had little or no impact on the public's perception. The people on the street continued to use and accept the lighter-weight coppers in direct contradiction to their rejection of underweight imitations of British coppers less than a decade earlier. Perhaps the official nature of the coins and the government's backing of the value was enough to encourage the citizenry to be a little more flexible this time around. Apparently, it worked, because the weight of the Large Cents remained the same from 1795 to 1857.

Plain edge 1795 Large Cents are considerably more plentiful than the Lettered Edge versions, plus they are more likely to be found in Mint State, and the best examples top out at MS65BN. The typical Mint State grade is MS63BN. No Red-Brown or Red 1795 Large Cents are known.