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1795 1/2C LE Punctuated Date, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Cap Right Half Cents 1794-1797

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

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PCGS MS64+BN

PCGS MS64+BN

PCGS #:
1015
Designer:
John Smith Gardner
Edge:
Lettered: TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR
Diameter:
23.50 millimeters
Weight:
6.74 grams
Mintage:
139,690
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 400
60 or Better 2
65 or Better 2
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.2
60 or Better R-9.9
65 or Better R-9.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 10 / 11
60 or Better 1 / 11 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 11 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 10 / 14
60 or Better 1 / 14 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 14 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN PCGS grade

Anthony Terranova - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Superior 2/1992:432 - Jim McGuigan Collection

2 MS64+BN PCGS grade
Richard B. Winsor Collection - S. H. and H. Chapman 12/1895:1009 - F. R. Alvord Collection - S. H. Chapman 6/1924:44, $62 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Stack's, sold privately on 2/6/1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:402, $15,950 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 95.2a.6) - Goldbergs 1/2014:25, $115,000 - High Desert Collection
 
This pedigree differs from that in the Eliasberg catalog, which was listed as M.A. Brown Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1897 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection
3 MS62BN PCGS grade  
	PCGS #1015 (MS, Brown) 62

Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7213, $40,250 - “ESM” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 AU58+ PCGS grade  
	PCGS #35070 (MS, Brown) 58+

Davy Collection

5 AU58 PCGS grade

Stack's “Auction ‘90” 8/1990:6, $4,400 - Heritage 4/2016:4522, $16,450

6 AU55 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #1015 (MS, Brown) 55

Wilmington Collection of Half Cents - Stack's/Bowers 6/2012:2007, $9,200

#1 MS65BN PCGS grade

Anthony Terranova - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Superior 2/1992:432 - Jim McGuigan Collection

#2 MS64+BN PCGS grade
Richard B. Winsor Collection - S. H. and H. Chapman 12/1895:1009 - F. R. Alvord Collection - S. H. Chapman 6/1924:44, $62 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Stack's, sold privately on 2/6/1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:402, $15,950 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 95.2a.6) - Goldbergs 1/2014:25, $115,000 - High Desert Collection
 
This pedigree differs from that in the Eliasberg catalog, which was listed as M.A. Brown Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1897 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection
 
	PCGS #1015 (MS, Brown) 62 
#3 MS62BN PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7213, $40,250 - “ESM” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

 
	PCGS #35070 (MS, Brown) 58+ 
#4 AU58+ PCGS grade

Davy Collection

#5 AU58 PCGS grade

Stack's “Auction ‘90” 8/1990:6, $4,400 - Heritage 4/2016:4522, $16,450

 
	PCGS #1015 (MS, Brown) 55 
#6 AU55 PCGS grade

Wilmington Collection of Half Cents - Stack's/Bowers 6/2012:2007, $9,200

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.