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1795 HALF CENT - COHEN 4

Rarity: Scarce

Variety Equivalents: Breen 4 (Half Cent Encyclopedia), Breen 1514 (Encyclopedia of U.S. Coins)

Notes:
This obverse is known as the "Punctuated Date" because of a comma-like die defect between the 1 and the 5 of the date.

The obverse die of this variety was also used on:
1795 Cohen 2  
1795 Cohen 3

The reverse die of this variety was also used later on:
1795 Cohen 5

Images courtesy of Winthrop Carner

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-61 Brown.  Ex - Jay Parrino (The Mint)- Superior 1/90:20- Martin Paul- Heritage 5/90:19- Martin Paul-Superior 10/7/90:14- Dr. Wallace Lee - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 105, sold for $13,800.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-50.  Ex - William Walser collection - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 14, "...VF-35, sharpness of EF-45 or a bit better, cleaned and retoning.  Manley 2.0, the usual die state...", illustrated, sold for $3,910.00

NGC EF-40.  Ex - Mrs. R. Henry Norweb - Bowers & Merena, October 1987, Lot 18, "AU-50", sold for $1,155.00 - Martin Paul - Superior "A. Bernard Shore", January 30, 1988, Lot 31 - Jim McGuigan, sold on February 2, 1988 for $990 - Dr. Wallace Lee - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 106, sold for $6,900.00 - New Jersey collector

PCGS F-15 (illustrated above).  Offered on eBay (#1211576431) by Winthrop Carner with an opening bid of $1,050.00, a "BuyItNow" price of $1,250.00, and a closing date of February 6, 2001

Good-7.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2341, "B-4, Plain edge, punctuated date" sold for $322.00

Good 5+.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1052, illustrated, sold for $258.75

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"American Half Cents - The 'Little Half Sisters' (Second Edition)" by Roger S. Cohen, Jr.

"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club