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Lot 81

1793 C-3 R3 AU50. Choice glossy light olive brown and medium chocolate. Sharply struck and virtually perfect in every respect. No spots or stains, and the only marks are a few microscopic ticks on the chin, a very tiny pinprick on the neck near the hair, another at the top of the A in HALF and another over the adjacent L. Struck from a relatively early state of the dies for this marriage, clearly earlier than the die state of the two mint state examples in the Missouri Cabinet (our sale 1/24/2014, lots 4 & 5). The obverse fields are smooth and slightly reflective and the top of the cap is more clearly defined than on the Missouri Cabinet examples. The reverse shows only minor rust in the fields (which formed during the earlier use of this die in the C-2 mating). Nicely centered on a flawless planchet. A premium example with just a touch of friction on the highest points of the devices. Sold as "Magnificent Mint State" in the Stack's sale of the "Northern Bay Collection," 3/8/2006:3502. Removed from a PCGS slab graded AU53 (PCGS label #1000.53/25266240 included). Our grade is AU50 Choice. If you want a spectacular 1793 Half Cent that has mint state eye appeal, but you want to avoid paying "high-end Italian sports car money" to get it, this is your chance. Weight 107.4 grains.
Estimated Value $30,000-UP.
Ex Richard Picker-Rutenburg (Northern Bay Collection), Stack's 3/8/2006:3502 (Northern Bay Collection envelope included).


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