1795 1/2C Lettered Edge, BN MS (PCGS# 1009)
The November 2011 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 185
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Medium golden tan with bold details, excellent centering and solid in-hand eye appeal. We note some central marks on Liberty’s portrait under low magnification, and an old, shallow scratch from her lips to the dentils at 3 o’clock, but no single mark draws the unaided eye. One of 139,690 half cents of the date struck of all varieties--no copper was coined from January through September of the year at the Mint to allow for silver and gold coinage production; the coppers began issuing from the dies in October and a portion of the 1795-dated half cents were struck into early 1796. A curious year for coppers, with 1795 issues known on heavier lettered edge planchets as well as lighter plain edge pieces--the Act of March 3, 1795 allowed for the lowering of weight standards for all copper coins--and with some struck on spoiled large cent planchets and cut down Talbot, Allum & Lee tokens. Choice for the grade and a coin that will be appreciated by half cent enthusiasts and type coin collectors alike.