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Obverse of 1795 Large Cent - Sheldon 74     Reverse of 1795 Large Cent - Sheldon 74


1795 LIBERTY CAP CENT

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 538,500
Proofs: 0

Designer: Robert Scot

Diameter: 28 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 208 grains (13.5 grams), reduced to 168 grains (10.9 grams) at the end of the year

Edge: Lettered: ONE HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR (Sheldon 73 to Sheldon 76a, Plain (Sheldon 76b to Sheldon 78), or with experimental, vertical reeding (Sheldon 79)

Mintmarks: None (all 1795 Large Cents were struck at the Philadelphia Mint)

Images courtesy of WH

Varieties (13):
Lettered Edge
      Sheldon 73 - Rare
     Sheldon 74 - Very Scarce
     Sheldon 75 - Scarce
     Sheldon 76a - Very Scarce

Plain Edge
     Sheldon 76b - Very Common
     Sheldon 77 - Very Scarce
     Sheldon 78 - Very Common
     Sheldon NC-2 - 2 known
     Sheldon NC-3 - 4 known

Reeded Edge
     Sheldon 79 - 5 known

Jefferson Head, Plain Edge
     Sheldon 80 - Rare

Jefferson Head, Lettered Edge
     Sheldon NC-1 - 3 known     
     Sheldon NC-4 - 2 known

Notes:
The finest Brown "Plain Edge" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65BN's.

The finest Red-Brown "Plain Edge" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64RB.

The finest Brown "Lettered Edge" examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-65BN's.

The finest Red-Brown "Lettered Edge" example graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65RB's.

The finest Brown "Jefferson Head, Plain Edge" examples graded by PCGS are 4 VG-VFBN's.

The finest Brown "Jefferson Head, Lettered Edge" example graded by PCGS is a single VG-VFBN.

Significant examples:
See variety listings

Recent appearances:
See variety listings

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service