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Lot 2248

1795 C-5b Thick Planchet R4. VF-25. Struck on a thick planchet cut-down from a spoiled large cent. Weight is 113.2 grains, which is in the middle of the 98 to 123 grain range for the thick planchet version of the variety as reported by Ron Manley in his book on US Half Cents. (The weight standard for the more common thin planchet version is 84 grains.) This piece is slightly sharper than the assigned grade, especially on the obverse, but it was lightly cleaned and has retoned a very attractive uniform light chocolate and steel brown. Otherwise this piece is nearly choice. The surfaces are smooth and display no flaws or contact marks visible without the aid of a strong glass. The date is a bit weakly impressed, as usual for the thick planchet version, but it is complete and easily readable. HALF CENT is weak due to die failure in the central part of the reverse, and the dentils are not struck up near the Y in LIBERTY and at the opposing area right of the fraction due to a slightly beveled planchet in that area. The remainder of the legend and devices are strong. This is an above average example of the scarce thick planchet version and the eye appeal is excellent for the grade, especially on the obverse.
Estimated Value $2,000-UP.

Realized $3,680

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