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Obverse of 1795 Half Cent - Cohen 6a     Reverse of 1795 Half Cent - Cohen 6a


1795 HALF CENT - COHEN 6

Rarity: see subvarieties

Variety Equivalents:
Breen 1515
Breen 1516
Breen 1517

Notes:
On this obverse, the 1 of the date was made using an "I" punch.

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

This was the only use of the reverse die.

This variety is known struck over a number of different host coins, all of which were cut down to the proper diameter.  The following undertypes have been identified:
1794 Talbot, Allum & Lee Cents
1794 Talbot, Allum & Lee Cents
U.S. Large Cents
   1795 Sheldon 76b
   1795 Sheldon 78
   1796 Liberty Cap (?)
U.S. Half Dollars
   1794 Overton 101 
   1794 Overton 104 
   1794 Overton 105

Attribution tips:
This is the only 1795 reverse on which a leaf tip ends just below the center of the I of AMERICA.

Images courtesy of Gene Braig

Subvarieties (2):
Cohen 6a - Thin Planchet (approximately 84 grains)
Cohen 6b - Thick Planchet (struck over cut-down Large Cents)

Recent appearances:
VF-25.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2342, "B-6, Plain edge, no pole"  sold for $1,150.00

Fine-15.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2343, "B-6, plain edge, no pole" Not sold

Fine-15.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 11, not illustrated, sold for $460.00

VG-8.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2344, "B-6, plain edge, no pole" sold for $316.25

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

"Half cent variety discovered", NUMISMATIC NEWS, September 2, 2003, pages 1 and 24

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club