1795 C-1 Lettered Edge R2. PCGS graded MS-63 Brown. A sharp, attractive half cent but there are a few very faint hairlines on the portrait and what appears to be a very thin layer of lacquer or some similar substance covering the reverse. The obverse is lustrous bluish steel with traces of faded red in protected areas. The reverse is glossy light olive brown. The only notable mark is a tiny V-shaped struck-through line at the dentils under the 5 in the date (caused by a tiny piece of debris stuck on the die). MDS, Manley state 2.0 early, with a gentle bulge at AME. The obverse fields are slightly reflective giving that side great eye appeal in spite of the faint hairlines. Listed in the Breen/Hanson census on page 129 in his encyclopedia. Our grade is AU58+, very close to Mint State. Weight 105.6 grains. The attribution and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 2; tied for finest graded (with the following lot). (PCGS # 35067) Estimate Value $35,000 - UP Ex Henry Clay Miller, Thomas L. Elder 4/13/1917:1026 ($70)-Lewis C. Gehring, Thomas L. Elder 8/1921:993 (as "Proof") ($60)-Henry Chapman-Colonel E. H. R. Green 6/8/1936-Green Estate 4/1943-the Newman/Johnson partnership-Burdette G. Johnson 3/6/1944 ($100)-Thomas L. Elder-Philip M. Showers, Stack's 1969 (privately)-Willis Harrington duPont-Fred S. "Freddy" Werner 2/1976-Superior Stamp and Coin Company, Inc., 2/1976-Joe Flynn and Son Rare Coins, Inc. (Joseph S. Flynn, Jr.) 4/20/1976 (privately)-R. Tettenhorst-EPNNES-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 95.1.2).
Price Realized: $28750
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 23.
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