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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 MS66+BN PCGS grade
Struck over a cut-down Talbot, Allum & Lee Cent
 
Richard Picker - Dr. James McCleery Collection - Lester Merkin - Stack’s - Eric Streiner - Martin Haber (Numismatic Investments of Florida) - Superior “Auction ’90” 8/1990:1004, $110,000 - Anthony Terranova - Richard Rosenblatt (Ritchie Cordell) Collection - Anthony Terranova, sold privately in 3/2002 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers 2/2016:3007, $235,000
2 MS65BN PCGS grade

Col. E. H. R. Green Collection (appraised by the Estate at $15 on 8/9/1937) sold in 4/1943 for $10.02 - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (d) - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 95.6a.11) - Goldbergs 1/2014:34, $132,250

3 MS64+BN PCGS grade

Samuel Herbert McVitty Collection - B. Max Mehl 3/1938:5, $27 - Charles M. Williams Collection - Numismatic Gallery 11/1950:686, $137.50 - Harold S. Bareford Collection - William J. Bareford Collection, sold privately on 6/8/1984 (via Julius "Jules" Reiver) - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 95.5a.6) - Goldbergs 1/2014:30, $69,000

4 MS63BN PCGS grade
Straight edge clip
 

Reed Hawn Collection - Stack's 10/1993:2 - High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 MS63BN PCGS grade

F.R. Alvord Collection - S.H. Chapman 6/1924:48 - Henry Chapman - Superior 9/1986:3012 - Jim McGuigan Collection

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+BN PCGS grade
Struck over a cut-down Talbot, Allum & Lee Cent
 
Richard Picker - Dr. James McCleery Collection - Lester Merkin - Stack’s - Eric Streiner - Martin Haber (Numismatic Investments of Florida) - Superior “Auction ’90” 8/1990:1004, $110,000 - Anthony Terranova - Richard Rosenblatt (Ritchie Cordell) Collection - Anthony Terranova, sold privately in 3/2002 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers 2/2016:3007, $235,000
2 MS65BN PCGS grade

Col. E. H. R. Green Collection (appraised by the Estate at $15 on 8/9/1937) sold in 4/1943 for $10.02 - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman Collection - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (d) - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 95.6a.11) - Goldbergs 1/2014:34, $132,250

3 MS64+BN PCGS grade

Samuel Herbert McVitty Collection - B. Max Mehl 3/1938:5, $27 - Charles M. Williams Collection - Numismatic Gallery 11/1950:686, $137.50 - Harold S. Bareford Collection - William J. Bareford Collection, sold privately on 6/8/1984 (via Julius "Jules" Reiver) - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 95.5a.6) - Goldbergs 1/2014:30, $69,000

4 MS63BN PCGS grade
Straight edge clip
 

Reed Hawn Collection - Stack's 10/1993:2 - High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 MS63BN PCGS grade

F.R. Alvord Collection - S.H. Chapman 6/1924:48 - Henry Chapman - Superior 9/1986:3012 - Jim McGuigan Collection

4 MS63BN PCGS grade  
4 MS63 estimated grade  
Struck over a cut-down Talbot, Allum & Lee Cent
 
Bill Nagle, sold privately in 5/2002 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98001, $30,550 - Heritage 2/2016:3012, $27,025
6 MS61BN PCGS grade  
6 MS61BN 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.