Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 77

Lot 7

1794 C-1a Large Edge Letters R3. PCGS graded MS-64+ Brown. Choice glossy bluish steel brown with generous traces of faded mint red in protected areas on both sides. No spots, stains, or contact marks. The only defects are the microscopic planchet chips found on these early half cents, and on this example they are mostly in the field before the portrait. In addition there is a shallow planchet flake that affects the right side of E in LIBERTY, and this is the best identifying mark for the obverse. The reverse shows a short arc of impressed dentils near the leaves over HALF, also as struck, suggesting a possible undertype strike. MDS, Manley state 2.0, with minor die clashmarks on both sides. The repunching on the 179 is obvious. Our grade is MS63. Tied for finest known honors, and this is the first example listed in the Breen/Hanson condition census for the variety. Plated on page 45 (to illustrate the uncirculated grade) and on page 90 (for the unclashed die state I, even though this piece clearly fits his state II) in the Breen encyclopedia. Weight 100.9 grains. The attribution and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 1; the finest graded for the variety. (PCGS # 35018) .
Estimated Value $50,000-UP.
Ex (probably earlier from B. G. Johnson consigned to Celina Coin in 1944 as "Unc with much original red and sharp wire edge") Hans Moritz Friedrich Schulman 1958 (privately)-Philip M. Showers, Stack's 1969 (privately)-Willis H. duPont-Fred S. "Freddy" Werner 2/1976-Superior Stamp and Coin Company, Inc., 2/1976-Joe Flynn and Son Rare Coins, Inc. (Joseph S. Flynn, Jr.) 4/20/1976 (privately)-R. Tettenhorst-EPNNES-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 94.1a.2).

Realized $63,250

Go to lot:  

Home | Current Sale | Calendar of Events | Bidding | Consign | About Us | Contact | Archives | Log In

US Coins & Currency | World & Ancient Coins | Manuscripts & Collectibles | Bonded CA Auctioneers No. 3S9543300
11400 W. Olympic Blvd, Suite 800, Los Angeles CA 90064 | 310. 551.2646 ph | 310.551.2626 fx | 800.978.2646 toll free

© 2011 Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, All Rights Reserved