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Lot 1031

1817 Coronet Head Cent. 15 stars. MS-60+. Dark olive brown, with nice surfaces and a decent strike. This is one of the most curious varieties of the Large Cent series, created when fifteen stars were punched accidentally into the obverse die. Breen blames this variety on Robert Scot, presumed by Breen to have failing eyesight. According to Breen, Scot began the die work, placed the stars too close together, then realized there would be too large a space between the last star and the date (one can mentally erase the last two stars from this coin and see how glaring the error would have been). To correct the error, Scot simply added two extra stars!
Estimated Value $2,500 - 2,800.


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