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Lot 804

1791 Washington Cent. Small eagle. Baker-16. PCGS graded MS-64 Brown. A strongly struck example with full detail on Washington's epaulets, the wing feathers of the eagle and the leg feathers of the eagle. Aside from some light hairlines in the fields the only real contact mark to note is a sharp scuff just below the right side of Washington's portrait. Mottled surfaces with chocolate brown and tan coloration. A nice representation of John Gregory Hancock, Sr.'s marvelous work, a gentlemen referred to in the past as an engraving genius of 18th century British die making. The reverse displays the spread out clouds, extending from wing to wing. This design became a common design type on the early Heraldic Eagle reverses of Federal Issue silver and gold coinage when Robert Scot copied it for use in his engraving. A significantly rare example that Breen estimated had a mintage of approximately 1,500 pieces. PCGS population of 14 in MS-64BN, 6 in MS-65BN and 4 in MS-66BN (PCGS # 705) .
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,500.

Realized $3,220

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