1795 S-80 Jefferson Head Cent, VF20
    Apparently a New Specimen
    Census-Level Candidate

    1795 1C Jefferson Head, Plain Edge VF20 PCGS. S-80, B-11b, High R.5. Just over 30 Jefferson Head cents are known, and we have compared this piece to photos of all known specimens. This impressive piece is apparently a new specimen as it fails to match any currently known Jefferson Head cent. Three of the top 10 Jefferson Head cents are in museums, with the finest known in the American Numismatic Society, fourth finest at the Carnegie Museum, and seventh finest (tied) housed in the Smithsonian Institution.
    This remarkable Jefferson Head cent has detail that rivals some of the finest known examples, exhibiting VF35 sharpness. Both sides are dark olive with light porosity spread evenly across both surfaces. The surfaces suggest that it may have been buried for a period of time. A few trivial rim bruises are noted around the obverse. The centering is nice, but there are no visible border dentils on either side.
    Based on strict grading standards, we assign a grade of Fine 15, placing this piece in a tie for fifth finest known. This may be the piece that appears in Del Bland's Condition Census as "F-15 Sharpness of VF-35 but lightly porous and some edge dents. Unearthed with a metal detector by Jerry Cavalier." There is no available photo of that piece, but the brief written description is a close match. Here is an excellent opportunity for the advanced collector to acquire a lovely 1795 Jefferson Head cent. Our EAC grade Fine 15.(Registry values: P1) (NGC ID# 2722, PCGS# 1386)

    Weight: 10.89 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

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

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