1794 C-5a Small Edge Letters R4+. PCGS graded MS-64+ Brown. Choice lustrous bluish steel with traces of faded mint red on both sides. Sharply struck and nearly flawless except for a shallow, mint-made planchet void (either a pre-striking depression in the planchet or a struck-through mark caused by a small piece of debris on the die) slanting through the L in HALF. EDS, Manley state 1.0, before any die clashmarks on the obverse. The obverse is very slightly off center to K-9 while the reverse is off center a similar amount to K-7. This piece offers great eye appeal in spite of the minor mint flaw on the reverse. Listed as finest known on page 100 in the Breen encyclopedia. Our grade is MS63. Weight 104.7 grains. The attribution and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 1; the only MS graded for the variety. (PCGS # 35042) Estimate Value $75,000 - UP Ex a European Collection-Lester Merkin Coins, Inc. (integrated into the Louis Helfenstein sale) 3/6/1968:96 (Plate 1) ($3,200)-Richard J. Picker-Dr. James Merida McCleery-Anthony J. Terranova 5/1990-Roy E. "Ted" Naftzger, Jr., 8/12/1991-R. Tettenhorst-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 94.5a.4).
Price Realized: $195500
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 16.
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