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Obverse of 1796 Draped Bust Cent     Reverse of 1796 Draped Bust Cent


1796 DRAPED BUST CENT
(compare with 1796 Liberty Cap Cent)

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 363,375
Proofs: 0

Designer: Robert Scot

Diameter: 28 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 168 grains (10.9 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmarks: None (all 1796 Large Cents were struck at the Philadelphia Mint)

 

 

Images courtesy of Ron Guth

Varieties (35):
Reverse of 1794
     Sheldon 101 - Rare
     Sheldon 102 - Very Scarce
     Sheldon 106 - Rare
     Sheldon 107 - Very Rare
     Sheldon 108 - Scarce
     Sheldon 109 - Scarce
     Sheldon 110 - Common
     Sheldon 111 - Rare
     Sheldon 112 - Rare
     Sheldon NC-5 - 7 known

Reverse of 1795
     Sheldon 92 - Scarce
     Sheldon 93 - Scarce     
     Sheldon 95 - Very Rare
     Sheldon 96 - Very Rare
     Sheldon 97 - Scarce
     Sheldon 98 - Very Scarce
     Sheldon 99 - Rare
     Sheldon 116 - Rare
     Sheldon NC-2 - 7 known
     Sheldon NC-4 - Very Rare

Reverse of 1797
     Sheldon 94 - Rare
     Sheldon 100 - Rare
     Sheldon 104 - Scarce
     Sheldon 105 - Rare
     Sheldon 113 - Rare
     Sheldon 114 - Rare
     Sheldon 115 - Very Scarce
     Sheldon 117 - Rare
     Sheldon 118 - Rare
     Sheldon 119 - Scarce
     Sheldon NC-1 - Very Rare
     Sheldon NC-3 - Very Rare
     Sheldon NC-6 - 2 known

LIHERTY
     Sheldon 103 - Scarce

Stemless Reverse
     Sheldon NC-7 - Unique

Notes:
The finest Brown "Reverse of 1797" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64BN.

The finest Red-Brown "Reverse of 1797" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-63RB.

The finest Brown "Reverse of 1794" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64BN.

The finest Red-Brown "Reverse of 1794" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66RB.

The finest Brown "Reverse of 1796" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66BN.

The finest Red-Brown "Reverse of 1796" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65RB's.

The finest Brown "LIHERTY" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-62BN's.

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

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