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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

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.  Goldbergs 9/2010:55.  82.1 grains

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