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    1795 C-6b, B-6b Half Cent, AU50
    Struck over a 1795 S-78 Brockage

    1795 Plain Edge, No Pole, C-6b, B-6b, R.2 -- Struck on Cut-Down 1795 S-78 Cent -- AU50 NGC. Our EAC grade XF40. 96.6 grains. Breen Die State I or II. Manley Die State 1.0. While describing a different example in 1960, struck over an off-center 1795 S-78 cent, the cataloger for New Netherlands wrote: "It is a testimony to exciting and difficult times at the Mint." In fact, the Mint was scrambling for any source of copper that could be found in the 1790s, and they were also taking steps to preserve mint equipment and cut down on expenses. One source of copper actually came from within the Mint. That source was "spoiled" large cents that would be known today as mint errors. Rather than melting them down and going through the lengthy process of forming new planchets, the individual error large cents were cut down to half cent size and struck in the half cent press.

    Substantial undertype from the cent reverse is visible on both sides. On the obverse, an incuse T above a leaf is evident at the base of Liberty's neck. On the reverse, a raised ONE is visible through the branch below OF AM of the half cent impression. This 1795 C-6b half cent is struck over a cut-down 1795 S-78 cent brockage. Careful study will reveal additional undertype. Several 1795 half cents are known on planchets cut down from spoiled cents, i.e. off-center strikes, but we know of just a few on cut-down brockages and we suggest that this example might be the finest of those. Hints of pale blue toning accent the pleasing cinnamon-brown surfaces. The strike is nicely centered with full border dentilation.
    Ex: Bird Collection; Jon Hanson (1/15/1999); Donald G. Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2225, Variety PCGS# 35092, Base PCGS# 1018)

    Weight: 6.74 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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