1794 C-3b Large Edge Letters R7+ PCGS "Genuine" XF Details, Environmental Damage. Blundered Edge Letters. Sharpness at least VF20 where the designs were properly struck up, but there is microscopic porosity covering the fields and the strike is uneven, particularly on the obverse. No verdigris and only a few marks, including one at the top of the cap and a couple more along the rim to the left, plus a planchet chip in the dentils over the N in UNITED. Steel brown and chocolate brown with lighter steel brown highpoints. The obverse is a bit off center to K-7.5 while the reverse is nearly centered on the planchet. As a result of the die misalignment the upper half of the obverse is strongly struck while the lower portion is poorly impressed leaving the date relatively weak but still readable. In addition the edge lettering is blundered reading TWO HUNDRED OR A DOLLAR. In spite of the imperfections, this example is the finest of only 6 known of the Large Edge Letters variety, and it is listed first in the census on page 106 in Breen's encyclopedia. It is the discovery coin (Richard Gross, 1975) and is the Manley plate coin (page 23). Our grade is VF20+ net F12. Weight 103.0 grains. The attribution and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 0; none graded. (PCGS # 35033) Estimate Value $40,000 - UP Ex Dennis Steinmetz (Steinmetz Coins & Currency)-Richard H. Gross (correctly attributed 1/9/1975) March 1982-Roger S. Cohen, Jr. ($9,000) 10/21/1988-William R. (Bill) Weber 2/19/1992 (part of a multi-coin trade)-R. Tettenhorst-EPNNES-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 94.3b.1).
Price Realized: $60375
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 13.
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