1794 C-3a Small Edge Letters R5. PCGS graded MS-65 Brown. CAC. Choice frosty bluish steel brown with hints of underlying faded mint red on the reverse. The only defect is a small pitmark at the left top of the R in AMERICA. Otherwise this piece is outstanding, sharply struck with superb eye appeal. LDS, Manley state 2.0, with a bulge under the bust right of the 4 in the date. The obverse is especially attractive with nearly flawless, prooflike fields. Finest known of the die variety. Plated on pages 49 and 108 (including the large photos and smaller state II photos) in the Breen encyclopedia and on page 10 in the second edition of the Cohen book. Listed as finest known in the Breen/Hanson condition census on page 108 in the Breen reference. Our grade is MS62+. Weight 96.5 grains. The attribution and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 1; the only example of the variety graded MS at PCGS. (PCGS # 35030) Estimate Value $125,000 - UP Ex George F. Seavey-Lorin G. Parmelee, William H. Strobridge 9/22/1873:215- Lorin G. Parmelee, New York Coin & Stamp Co. (Harlan P. Smith and David U. Proskey) 6/25/1890:696 (Plate 6) ($13.00)-Henry Chapman-John G. Mills, Samuel Hudson Chapman and Henry Chapman 4/27/1904:1401 (Plate XIV) ($19.50)-Henry Chapman (integrated into the Matthew A. Stickney catalog) 6/25/1907:1671 ($28.50)-Virgil M. Brand-Armin W. Brand-Carl M Wurtzbach, Barney Bluestone 4/29/1943:1576 ($17.00)-unknown-Rodney T. Grove, Superior Stamp and Coin Company, Inc., 6/1/1981:2 (via Julian M. Leidman)-R. Tettenhorst-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 94.3a.3).
Price Realized: $207000
Images and description courtesy of Ira and Larry Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, Los Angeles, CA.
From Goldberg's sale of the Missouri Cabinet Collection, 1/26/2014, lot 12.
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