1794 C-9 R2. PCGS graded MS-65 Red & Brown. CAC. Choice lustrous light steel brown with 20% of the original mint red remaining on the obverse. A truly beautiful example of the "High Relief Head" type. The only defects, and they are barely visible, are a tiny tick on the middle of the neck, another on the throat, and a tiny nick under the C in AMERICA. LDS, Manley state 3.0, with a rim cud break covering 4-5 dentils left of the fraction. The die crack from the rim to the center of the cap is clear. Sharply struck except for some weakness at the top of the E in CENT, which is opposite the highest peak of the hair. A beautiful half cent. Our grade is MS63+, close to MS64 and certainly near the top of the condition census for the variety. This is the second and third example listed in the Breen/Hanson condition census (page 119, both listings being for the same coin). The attribution and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 1; the finest graded for the variety. (PCGS # 35064) Estimate Value $75,000 - UP Ex Alto collection, Stack's 12/11/1970:514 (as "The Finest Known") ($2,300)-to Walter Breen for Dr. James M. McCleery- Martin Haber (South Miami Rare Coins)-Auction '90 (Superior Galleries) lot 1003-to David W. Akers for Martin Haber (South Miami Rare Coins)-Jerry Treglia 8/14/1991-R. Tettenhorst-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 94.9.6).
Price Realized: $402500
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 22.
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