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(1796) 1/2C Edwards Copy, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Cap Right Half Cents 1794-1797

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS63BN

PCGS MS63BN

PCGS #:
397325
Designer:
John Smith Gardner
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
23.50 millimeters
Weight:
5.44 grams
Mintage:
1,390
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
Copper
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Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade
1 MS66BN PCGS grade
3 MS65BN PCGS grade
4 MS63BN PCGS grade
5 AU55 PCGS grade
6 VF30 estimated grade
#1 MS66BN PCGS grade
#1 MS66BN PCGS grade
#3 MS65BN PCGS grade
#4 MS63BN PCGS grade
#5 AU55 PCGS grade
#6 VF30 estimated grade
Jaime Hernandez:

The 1796 Edwards Copy Half Cents are believed to have been produced by Dr. Francis Smith Edwards, sometime around 1860 to 1865. Dr. Edwards was a serious collector of U.S coins that lived in New York. The1796 Edwards Copy Half Cents were made using hand made dies and struck on rolled copper planchets. The copies vary in weight anywhere from about 59 to 95 grains.

After Dr. Edwards death in 1865 his coin collection was sold by Bangs Merwin & Co. in October of that same year. The1796 Edwards copies were first recognized in an auction in the W. Elliot Woodward’s Sale of April 1866, lot #944, which was purchased by Sylvester Crosby for $5.50 at the time.