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1795 Cohen 6-b, thick planchet (109.8 grain), plain edge, Half Cent Rarity-6 (13 to 30 estimated)

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I recently acquired an upgraded version ( v.g -fine) to supplement the very worn 1795 C6-b,

plain edge, thick planchet (109.8 grain,) for my 1795 Varieties and sub-Varieties on a poor man's budget collection.

Most of these C6b's have a very weak date or no date and the "HALF CENT", on the reverse, is often weak, also.

On this one, both devices are decent.

I got it for a good price because of the "damage" to the rim which I believe is actually a "dropped fragment"

Most of these were made from cut down and rolled out, spoiled large cents, and the fatigue from stamping, cutting, re-rolling and re- stamping would sometimes weaken the metal and cause fragments so break off.

I believe that is what happened here.

Here it is for you viewing pleasure

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    truebloodtrueblood Posts: 609 ✭✭✭✭

    Thank you for showing this delightful ole time copper.

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    Walkerguy21DWalkerguy21D Posts: 11,150 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I like it for what it is.
    Compromise is the name of the game in early copper, at least for most of us.

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    kazkaz Posts: 9,067 ✭✭✭✭✭

    despite the dings, I like the corrosion free surfaces and color, a lot. That is a delightful piece! And thanks for the extra info in the O.P. for those of us who don't know much about early copper. I'm partial to any 18th c US coin.

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Even in that condition, I would be happy to own the coin.... Any coin whose date starts with '17' is a treasure IMO. Cheers, RickO

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    A couple of updates on this coin.
    A "dropped Fragment" example (missing edge piece ) like the one on this piece is shown in Walter Breen’s Encyclopedia of
    United States Half Cents on page 142 and one on page 43 of Bill Eckberg's Half Cent Book.
    Breen thought this was a mint error that was caused during its striking, when the copper from the cut down cent used to make it was not properly annealed, and some areas remained stress hardened and brittle, thus making them prone to cracking.
    Also the pits on the Obverse are probably Planchet Voids, already in the blank before striking, another Mint Error!

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    raysrays Posts: 2,329 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I like this coin for a few reasons, including how much “meat” is left.

    I would grade it by EAC standards as average minus surfaces, sharpness Fine 15 net Gd 6 with deductions for surface damage and rim defect (whether mint- caused or not).

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    raysrays Posts: 2,329 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ricko said:
    Even in that condition, I would be happy to own the coin.... Any coin whose date starts with '17' is a treasure IMO. Cheers, RickO

    Having collected US coins for over 50 years, I totally agree with you. Any 18th century US coin has tremendous collectibility.

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