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SERIES: Liberty Cap Right Half Cents 1794-1797
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1795 1/2C Lettered Edge, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67BN

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS63BN
PCGS #:
1009
Diameter:
23.50 millimeters
Designer:
John Smith Gardner
Weight:
6.74 grams
Edge:
Lettered: TWO HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR
Mintage:
139,690
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$46,000 • PCGS MS63 • 7-1-2008 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 11 / 11 13 / 14
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 7 / 11 TIE 9 / 14 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 11 TIE 1 / 14 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67BN PCGS grade  
2 MS66BN PCGS grade  
3 MS64BN PCGS grade  
4 MS63BN PCGS grade  
4 MS63BN PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67BN PCGS grade  
2 MS66BN PCGS grade  
3 MS64BN PCGS grade  
4 MS63BN PCGS grade  
4 MS63BN PCGS grade  
4 MS63BN estimated grade  

Cohen 1

7 MS62BN PCGS grade
7 MS62BN PCGS grade  
7 MS62BN estimated grade  
10 AU58 PCGS grade

Ron Guth: For Half Cent collectors, the year 1795 is full of interesting varieties: heavy weight planchets, light weight planchets, Punctuated Date, No Pole, Lettered Edge, Plain Edge, struck on cut-down Large Cents and Talbot, Allum & Lee tokens, etc.

The earliest 1795 Half Cents were struck on 104 grain planchets with a lettered edge.  Because of rising costs of copper, the weight was reduced to 84 grains and subsequent coins bore a plain edge.

Two die varieties of 1795 Half Cents have Lettered Edges, but only the Cohen 1 qualifies for the type:

Cohen 1 - a capital letter I was used for the 1 of the date.

Cohen 2 - a comma-like mark appears between the 1 and the 7 of the date, earning this variety the nickname "Punctuated Date" (under which type it appears).

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"American Half Cents (Second Edition)" by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.