1794 C-6b Large Edge Letters R8+ (Unique) PCGS Genuine Fine Details, Cleaning. Sharpness VF20 but covered with myriad very fine hairline scratches, strongest on the obverse. Appears as if it was lightly abraded with a stiff brush, but the eye appeal is still nice for the grade. Slightly glossy light steel brown. There are very few signs of contact (other than the brush lines). A small pinprick just off the tip of the left wreath stem and a small nick under the left ribbon end are the notable marks. The strike was strong and well balanced but very slightly off center to K-7.5. Strong die clashmarks show around the portrait. Weight 103.6 grains. Plated in the Breen (page 102) and Manley (page 36) references to illustrate the variety. The Large Edge Letters variety was announced in the March 1977 edition of Penny-Wise, the official journal of the Early American Coppers Club, but a second example has yet to surface. Obviously this piece is the ultimate key to a complete collection of half cents. Our grade is VF20 sharpness net VG10. The attribution and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 0; none graded. (PCGS # 35051) Estimate Value $85,000 - UP Ex Willard C. Blaisdell-Delmar N. Bland 5/1972-William K. Raymond (who first recognized the edge variant)-Raymond Fixed Price List 8/1977, sold in 8/1978 to William R. (Bill) Weber 1988-Roger S. Cohen, Jr., Superior Galleries 2/2/1992:30 (via Stuart A. Levine)-R. Tettenhorst-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 94.6b.1).
Price Realized: $161000
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 19.
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