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LETTER EDGE ½ ¢ - Half Cent
1 Cent


Edition Metal Stamp Diameter Weight Mintage BU Unc XF VF FF
1795 n.m. Cu Regular ↑↓ ø 23.5 mm 6.74 g 25 600 - - - - -
↓ Obverse ↓
Obverse LETTER EDGE ½ ¢ - Half Cent 1 Cent 1795
Reverse LETTER EDGE ½ ¢ - Half Cent 1 Cent 1795
↑ Reverse ↑
Issuer US National Bank
Coin type Circulation
Shape Circle
Denomination & currency 1 Cent
0.01 USD
Design John Smith Gardner? / Robert Scot
Edition details
Year of the edition 1795
Year on Coin 1795
Edition date 1795-??-??
Edition price -
Mint Philadelphia
Privy mark n.m.
Mintage 25 600
Physical characteristics
Stamp Regular stamp
Coin alignment
Metal Copper (Cu)
Diameter ø 23.5 mm
Weight 6.74 g
Border Plain with inscription ↑↑
Rim Upset
Additional decorations -
Coin Catalogs
NGC Link 11009
NGC 2224
Krause KM# 14
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Sample graph - Fryderyk Chopin, 50 Złotych, 1972
It has been speculated that John Smith Gardner provided the new bust of Liberty employed for 1795-97 half cents, but this is not proveable with the available documentation. The severe reduction in relief for the Liberty bust undoubtedly was done to increase the useful life of the dies, an ever-present concern for the infant U. S. Mint in the 1790s. The wreath, already simplified in 1794, remained essentially unchanged through the end of the series.Just two die marriages are known for the 1795 half cent with lettered edge. One of these obverse dies was transitional with the subsequent plain edge varieties, and it is easily recognized by the comma-like flaw between numerals 1 and 7 (the Punctuated Date).The original weight standard of 104 grains for the half cent survived until December of 1795, when the rising price of copper forced a reduction to 84 grains. This resulted in thinner planchets that no longer allowed for edge lettering. As there was little danger of copper coins being clipped in an effort to steal a bit of copper, the loss of this lettering had no lasting impact.
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