1797 1C Rev of '95, Gripped Edge, BN AU55BN Certification #11205799, PCGS #1416

Owner's Comments

S121b (Noyes 51001)

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1797 Gripped Edge Large Cents bear what Walter Breen described as "Irregulary spaced incuse notches and raised pellets on edge."  The purpose of this edge device is unknown.  Certainly, it did not serve the same purpose as the edge lettering, ornamentation, and reeding that appears on silver and gold coins (which was placed there to discourage the removal of metal by clipping or shaving).  Breen suggested that it may have been a means of marking a particular batch of planchets or that the marks were on the planchets that arrived from outside sources.

Gripped edges appear only on two varieties: Sheldon 120b and 121b, which are common and semi-scarce, respectively.  Mint State examples are very rare, with only two or three examples known of the two varieties combined.   

28.00 millimeters
Robert Scot
10.89 grams
Metal Content
The United States of America
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 1000 R-5.0 17 / 40 TIE 17 / 40 TIE
All Grades 3 R-9.8 11 / 40 TIE 11 / 40 TIE
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 40 TIE 1 / 40 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN PCGS grade
2 MS62BN PCGS grade
3 MS61BN PCGS grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade
5 AU55 PCGS grade AU55 PCGS grade