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SERIES: Patterns - MS
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1794 50C J-17, BN (Regular Strike)

PCGS #:
12153
Diameter:
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
Edge:
Lettered
Mintage:
Unknown
Metal Content:
Copper
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 Extremely Fine (estimated grade)  
Dies of 1794 Overton 109, full-sized planchet
 
11.81 grams (per the uspatterns.com website)
 
S. Schwarz, gifted in 1920 - Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria (inventory #175172)
2 F15 estimated grade  

Dies of 1794 Overton 101, cut-down and used as a planchet for a 1795 C6a 1/2C

88.5 grains (per the Superior 9/2003 catalog)
 
Superior 9/2003:634, $13,225
3 F15 details, obverse scratch (estimated grade)  
Dies of 1794 Overton 106, cut-down and used as a planchet for a 1795 C6a 1/2C
 
85.3 grains (per the American Numismatic Rarities 9/2006 catalog)
 
Discovered in New Hampshire in 7/2006 - American Numismatic Rarities 9/2006:94, $29,900
3 Fine details, rough planchet (estimated grade)  

Dies of 1794 Overton 104, cut-down and used as a planchet for a 1795 C6a 1/2C

Illustrated on page 476 of Walter Breen’s Encyclopedia of United State Half Cents 1793-1857

5 VG10 (estimated grade)  
Dies of Overton 105, cut-down and used as a planchet for a 1795 C6a 1/2C
 
81.8 grains (per the ANR 6/2004 catalog); 82.1 grains (per the Goldbergs 9/2010 catalog)
 
Christopher Young (purchased unattributed at an Ohio coin show) - American Numismatic Rarities 6/2004:2081 - Goldbergs 9/2010:55, $9,200
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 Extremely Fine (estimated grade)  
Dies of 1794 Overton 109, full-sized planchet
 
11.81 grams (per the uspatterns.com website)
 
S. Schwarz, gifted in 1920 - Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria (inventory #175172)
2 F15 estimated grade  

Dies of 1794 Overton 101, cut-down and used as a planchet for a 1795 C6a 1/2C

88.5 grains (per the Superior 9/2003 catalog)
 
Superior 9/2003:634, $13,225
3 F15 details, obverse scratch (estimated grade)  
Dies of 1794 Overton 106, cut-down and used as a planchet for a 1795 C6a 1/2C
 
85.3 grains (per the American Numismatic Rarities 9/2006 catalog)
 
Discovered in New Hampshire in 7/2006 - American Numismatic Rarities 9/2006:94, $29,900
3 Fine details, rough planchet (estimated grade)  

Dies of 1794 Overton 104, cut-down and used as a planchet for a 1795 C6a 1/2C

Illustrated on page 476 of Walter Breen’s Encyclopedia of United State Half Cents 1793-1857

5 VG10 (estimated grade)  
Dies of Overton 105, cut-down and used as a planchet for a 1795 C6a 1/2C
 
81.8 grains (per the ANR 6/2004 catalog); 82.1 grains (per the Goldbergs 9/2010 catalog)
 
Christopher Young (purchased unattributed at an Ohio coin show) - American Numismatic Rarities 6/2004:2081 - Goldbergs 9/2010:55, $9,200
6 Very Good (estimated grade)  

Dies of Overton 109, full-sized planchet

National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution

7 G5 (estimated grade)  

Dies of 1794 Overton 102, cut-down and used as a planchet for a 1795 C6a 1/2C)

75.1 grains (per the Goldbergs 9/2010 catalog)

Bowers & Merena, sold privately - Goldbergs 9/2010:56, $6,325

Ron Guth: Judd 17 is known in two formats: as full, Half-Dollar-sized coins and as cut-down host coins for official 1795 Half Cents.  Several Overton die varieties have been observed: Overton 109 for the full-size versions and Overton 101, 102, 104, 105, and 106 for the cut-down host coins (Judd lists a 105a, as well).

The following is a census of known specimens as of 7/27/2010:

Overton 101, cut-down and used as a planchet for a 1795 C-6a half cent.  Superior 9/2003.  88.5 grains

Overton 102, cut-down and used as a planchet for a 1795 C-6a half cent.  Goldbergs 9/2010:56.  75.1 grains

Overton 104, cut-down and used as a planchet for a 1795 C-6 half cent.  Illustrated in Breen, p. 476.

Overton 105, cut-down and used as a planchet for a 1795 C-6a half cent.  ANR 6/2004:2081, $13,800 - Goldbergs 9/2010:55.  81.8 grains

Overton 106, cut-down and used as a planchet for a 1795 C-6a half cent.  ANR 9/2006:94, $29,900.  85.3 grains

Overton 109, full-size.  National Numismatic Collection and the Smithsonian Institution.  Listed incorrectly as O-108 in Pollock.  159.9 grains

Overton 109, full-size.  Kunsthistorische Museum in Vienna, Austria.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"United States Patterns and Related Issues" by Andrew W. Pollock III

"United States Pattern Coins" by J. Hewitt Judd, M.D.

"Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents" by Walter Breen

www.uspatterns.com