1795 S-75 Lettered Edge
Another one of my favorites - I got this one at the Biloxi Coin Show
in early 1997. (No, it wasn't cheap; in fact I had to borrow from a
friend to get it!) It's smooth with all legends very bold. It's also
a lettered edge; in 1795 500,000+ coins were of the plain edge (thin planchet)
variety, and just 37,000 were of the lettered edge (thick planchet) variety.
The edge lettering should read ONE HUNDERED FOR A DOLLAR. The odd thing about
this coin is that some of the edge lettering is doubled; on my specimen
it reads something like this: ONE HUNDRED FORFOR A A DOLLAR R.
Strange early error! I didn't notice this (it wasn't advertised as such)
until I got home that night.
1795 S-77 Plain Edge
My second example of this variety - this one came from the Phillip Clover collection
that was sold by Heritage in 2012. Plain edge, with ONE CENT centered.
Notice how the leaves on the left all nearly touch UNITED, which is a good identifer
for this scarce variety.
A tougher 1795 variety at R3+ that I had been trying to acquire for some
time. A few years before this one came up I was high bidder on a nice one
on eBay until getting outbid at the last moment. This one was lot #321 in
the EAC '03 auction, which I attended personally. This specimen is a later
die state with "17" weak and lots of reverse swelling.