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Lot 41

1795 C-6a R2 Plain Edge without Pole on Thin Planchet VF20. Double Struck over 1794 Talbot Allum & Lee Cent with NEW YORK. Choice glossy chocolate and steel brown. No notable defects and the eye appeal is excellent for the grade. Undertype from the TAL Cent shows clearly below the date and bust tip and at S-OF, and NEW from NEW YORK shows at OF. This half cent was dramatically double struck. The initial strike was slightly off center to K-10 while the second impression was centered on the planchet and rotated 30 degrees CCW relative to the first. The face of the first strike shows clearly on the head of the second strike creating a remarkable "two-faced" Ms Liberty. The reverse, however, displays no evidence of the double strike. This suggests the reverse was struck against a new blank planchet during the second strike creating a reverse brockage impression on that planchet. (NOTE: It can be difficult to determine whether a double struck piece initially was struck uniface with one side against another blank planchet rather than a die and then struck normally using both dies, or if it was struck with both dies first, then struck uniface with one side impressed against a new blank planchet during the second strike creating an incuse brockage on the new planchet. There are two indicators that can help you determine the sequence of events. First, when a normally struck piece fails to eject from the coining chamber and is struck a second time using a die on one side but into a new blank planchet on the other side, it emerges as a double struck brockage maker. The second strike leaves an incuse brockage impression on the new planchet, and the single-struck side that was pressed into the blank planchet tends to become swollen or "puffy." The swelling is more pronounced if the second impression on the double-struck side is rotated relative to the first strike. The larger the rotation on the double-struck side, the greater the swelling on the single-struck side. Second, the rotation between the double struck and single struck sides can be useful. A brockage maker is first struck normally on both sides, and the orientation of the dies should be "normal" for that variety. If there is enough rotation between impressions on the double-struck side during the second strike, then the sequence of those strikes becomes easier to determine. On a brockage-maker, the single struck side will be aligned with the first strike on the double-struck side. For a piece that was first struck uniface, the single-struck side will be aligned with the second strike on the double-struck side. These indicators are helpful, but determining the exact sequence of events can be quite difficult if not impossible, especially on heavily worn pieces.) EDS, Manley state 1.0. A very attractive error offering a unique "look." Weight 82.9 grains. Davy #95.6a.51.
Estimated Value $1,000-UP.
Ex Stuart Levine 4/25/03.

Realized $6,613

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