1794 C-4a Small Edge Letters R3. PCGS graded MS-66 Brown. Choice lustrous medium brown with faded mint red on the reverse. A beautiful half cent, essentially flawless. The only imperfections, and they are trivial, are a few microscopic planchet chips near the dentils at RTY (as struck). E-MDS, Manley state 2.0, with moderate die clashmarks on the obverse but no swelling in the field at the curls. Plated in the Breen encyclopedia on pages 51 and 86 (to illustrate the "Normal Head" type), on page 112 (the large photos that illustrate the die variety), and again on page 112 with smaller photos to illustrate his die state III. Also listed in the Breen/Hanson condition census on page 113. Outstanding eye appeal, certainly near the top of the condition census for the variety. Our grade is MS63+, close to MS64. Weight 100.9 grains. The attribution and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 1; the finest graded for the variety. (PCGS # 35036) Estimate Value $100,000 - UP Ex Howard Rounds Newcomb (valued by Newcomb at $50.00) 1935-B. Max Mehl 1935 (privately)-Col. E. H. R. Green 6/8/1936-Green Estate (appraised by the Estate at $35.00 on 8/9/1937) sold in April 1943 for $40.02-the Newman/Johnson partnership-Eric P. Newman-EPNNES (November/December 1980)-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 94.4a.5).
Price Realized: $299000
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 14.
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