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    1795 C-4, B-4 Half Cent, MS63+ Brown
    Breen Half Cent Encyclopedia Plate Coin

    1795 1/2 C Plain Edge, Punctuated Date, C-4, B-4, R.3, MS63+ Brown PCGS. Ex: Missouri-Simpson. Manley Die State 2.0, the usual die state for the variety. The obverse has a die bulge in the right field with a faint die crack above. The reverse shows delicate die cracks from TA in STATES into the wreath. HALF CENT is extremely weak but still legible. Examples of this die pair with just a little wear will not show the denomination at all. This important piece serves as the large diameter plate coin on page 146 of the Breen Half Cent Encyclopedia, and also illustrates Die State III in that reference.

    A fully lustrous and somewhat reflective Select Mint State piece, this Liberty Cap half cent exhibits light blue wisps over steel-brown surfaces with excellent eye appeal. A thin, fresh scratch slants down from the obverse border through ERT, and a hidden vertical hairline scratch is barely visible from the forehead to the neck. The weak central reverse detail left myriad planchet chips that were not struck out. Our EAC grade MS60. This is the only Mint State example that PCGS has been certified with the attribution, and one other example is graded MS62 Brown without the C-4 attribution (4/20).
    Ex: Philip M. Showers Collection; Stack's (privately, 1969); Willis H. duPont; Fred S. Werner (2/1976); Superior Stamp and Coin Company (2/1976); Joe Flynn and Son Rare Coins, Inc. (4/20/1976); R. Tettenhorst; Missouri Cabinet Collection (Goldberg Auctions, 1/2014), lot 28.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2225, Variety PCGS# 35080, Base PCGS# 1012)

    Weight: 6.74 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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