1795 1/2C Lettered Edge, BN MS (PCGS# 1009)

Col. Steven Ellsworth Collection of Half Cents

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1795 1/2 C Lettered Edge MS62 Brown PCGS. C-1, B-1, R.2. Breen State II. Manley State 2.0. EAC 55. The reverse is lightly bulged at AME. PCGS certified as a Mint error, with a "Defective Planchet Obverse." The 1794 through 1797 half cents are generally described as a single design type, the Liberty Cap. However, the differences between these coins are substantial. Two distinctly different head styles exist for 1794, and another style exists for 1795 through 1797. Described as full MS60 in the Superior catalog of the Dr. Wallace Lee Collection, and it likely is, although our lower EAC grade accounts for the obverse planchet cracks or fissures, even though they are as struck. The grade should remain unchanged as a result of such mint-made characteristics. The surfaces are lustrous with medium brown accented by hints of steel-blue in the fields. No surface marks or blemishes are evident on either side. The obverse die was lapped just before this piece was struck, as indicated by the reflective surface. Ex: Celina Coin Co. (Mail Bid Sale #12, 2/1945), lot 54; Corrado Romano (Stack’s, 6/1987), lot 105; Garry Fitzgerald; Mid American Rare Coin Auctions (1/1988), lot 27; Garry Fitzgerald; Pacific Coast Auction Galleries (6/1988), lot 27; Garry Fitzgerald; 1990 FUN Sale (Mid American Rare Coin Auctions, 1/1990), lot 31; Stewart McDonald (McCawley and Grellman, 1/1997), lot 128; Dr. Wallace Lee (Superior, 5/2003), lot 95. From The Colonel Steven Ellsworth Collection of U.S. Half Cents.
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