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Obverse of 1794 Large Cent - Sheldon 24     Reverse of 1794 Large Cent - Sheldon 24


1794 LIBERTY CAP CENT

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 918,521
Proofs: 0

Designer: the earlier "Head of 1793" varieties are attributed by Breen to Joseph Wright.  Later varieties are attributed to Robert Scot (and possibly some of his assistants)

Diameter: ±28 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: ±208 grains (±13.5 grams)

Edge: Lettered: ONE HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR, leaf after DOLLAR points down
or
Lettered: ONE HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR, leaf after DOLLAR points up

Mintmarks: None (all examples of this type were struck at the Philadelphia Mint)

Notes:
The finest Brown "Head of 1794" examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-66BN's.

The finest Red-Brown "Head of 1794" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65RB.

The finest Brown "Head of 1795" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67BN.

The finest Red-Brown "Head of 1795" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67RB.

The finest Brown "Head of 1793" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64BN.

The finest Brown "Star Reverse" examples graded by PCGS are 2 EF-45BN's.

The finest Brown "No Fraction Bar" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-63BN.

Images courtesy of WH

Varieties:
Head of 1793
    
Sheldon 17a
    Sheldon 17b - 
    Sheldon 18a
    Sheldon 18b - 
    Sheldon 19a
    Sheldon 19b - 
    Sheldon 20
    Sheldon 20a

Head of 1794
    Sheldon 21
     Sheldon 22 - Very Common
    Sheldon 23 - Rare
   
Sheldon 24 - Very Common
    Sheldon 25 - Very Scarce
    Sheldon 26 - Common
    Sheldon 27 - Rare
    Sheldon 28 - Scarce
    Sheldon 29 - Scarce
    Sheldon 30 - Very Common
   
Sheldon 31 - Very Common
    Sheldon 32 - Scarce
    Sheldon 33 - Very Rare
    Sheldon 34 - Very Rare
    Sheldon 35 - Rare
    Sheldon 36 - Rare
    Sheldon 37 - Very Rare
    Sheldon 38 - Rare
    Sheldon 39 - Very Rare
    Sheldon 40 - Very Rare
   
Sheldon 41 - Scarce
    Sheldon 42 - Very Scarce
    Sheldon 43 - Scarce
    Sheldon 44 - Very Common
    Sheldon 45 - Rare
    Sheldon 46 - Scarce
    Sheldon 47 - Very Scarce
    Sheldon 49 - Common
    Sheldon 50 - Rare
    Sheldon 51 - Rare
    Sheldon 52 - Very Rare
    Sheldon 53 - Very Rare
    Sheldon 54 - Scarce
    Sheldon 55 - Scarce
    Sheldon 56 - Scarce
   
Sheldon 57 - Very Common
    Sheldon 58 - Scarce
    Sheldon 59 - Scarce
    Sheldon 60 - Scarce
    Sheldon 61 - Very Scarce
    Sheldon 62 - Very Scarce
    Sheldon 63 - Scarce
    Sheldon 65 - Very Common
    Sheldon 66 - Very Rare
    Sheldon NC1 - 4 known
    Sheldon NC2 - 2 known
    Sheldon NC5 - 2 known
    Sheldon NC6 - 3 known
    Sheldon NC8 - 3 known
    Sheldon NC9 - 2 known
    Sheldon NC10 - Unique
    Sheldon NC11 - 2 known

Head of 1795
    Sheldon 67 - Scarce
    Sheldon 68 - Rare
    Sheldon 69 - Scarce
   
Sheldon 70 - Common
    Sheldon 71 - Common
    Sheldon 72 - Common
    Sheldon NC3 - 2 known

Starred Reverse
   
Sheldon 48 - Rare

No Fraction Bar
   
Sheldon 64 - Rare

Sheldon NC4 was changed to Sheldon 17b
Sheldon NC7 was changed to Sheldon 20a

Significant examples:
See variety listings

Recent appearances:
See variety listings

F-15, sharpness of a VF-25, rim bruise at IB in LIBERTY and three short, old scratches on Liberty's face.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 108, "Sheldon-22, Rarity-1", illustrated, sold for $747.50

ANACS F-12.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 109, "Sheldon-55, Rarity-2", illustrated, sold for $506.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service