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

1795 1/2C Plain Edge, No Pole, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS64+BN
PCGS #:
1018
Diameter:
23.50 millimeters
Designer:
John Smith Gardner
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
139,690
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$29,900 • F12 • 9-21-2006 • American Numismatic Rarities
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 300 R-6.4 9 / 11 9 / 14
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 7 / 11 TIE 9 / 14 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 3 / 11 3 / 14
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
3 MS63BN PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS63BN PCGS grade  
3 MS63BN PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
3 MS63BN PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS63BN PCGS grade  
3 MS63BN PCGS grade  
6 MS61BN PCGS grade  
6 MS61BN PCGS grade  
8 AU58 PCGS grade
8 AU58 PCGS grade  
8 AU58 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: 1795 Half Cents are found in a variety of combinations: Lettered Edge vs. Plain Edge, With Pole vs. No Pole, Punctuated Date vs. Normal Date.  The Lettered Edge was the normal type of the 104 grain planchet.  When the weight of the Half Cent was reduced to 84 grains at the end of 1795, the planchets were too thin to accommodate the edge lettering, thus the Plain Edge was born.  The Punctuated Date was created by a defect in the die that appears as a comma between the 1 and the 7 of the date.  The No Pole variety was created when the engraver forgot to add the pole to the die; the With Pole (non-Punctuated Date) appears to be the same die with the Pole added later.

Here is how the major varieties break down:

Lettered Edge, With Pole
Lettered Edge, Punctuated Date
Plain Edge, Punctuated Date
Plain Edge, No Pole

Here is how the die varieties break down:

Lettered Edge, With Pole
Cohen 1

Lettered Edge, Punctuated Date
Cohen 2a

Plain Edge, Punctuated Date
Cohen 2b
Cohen 3
Cohen 4

Plain Edge, No Pole
Cohen 5a
Cohen 5b
Cohen 6a
Cohen 6b

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