1795 C-3 R5+. PCGS graded AU-50 Brown. Mostly glossy medium brown with darker steel brown toning on the highpoints. Several splashes of dark olive brown toning show in the left obverse field near the dentils, and those stains contain traces of microscopic verdigris or crud. The only contact mark of any consequence inside the dentils is a horizontal pin scratch in the field off the chin, but there are also small rim bruises at the R and Y in LIBERTY and several smaller rim bruises around the reverse. Tiny planchet chips cover much of the portrait, as struck, but the obverse fields are slightly prooflike. Similar planchet chips cover much of the area inside the wreath. E-MDS, Manley state 1.0 late. HALF CENT is relatively well struck for the variety but there is some weakness at AL and EN. Plated on page 20 in the second edition of the Cohen book to illustrate the die variety. Listed in the condition census on page 145 in the Breen encyclopedia. Our grade is EF45 sharpness net VF30. Second finest known. Weight 82.3 grains. The attribution and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 1; the finest graded for the variety. (PCGS # 35077) Estimate Value $25,000 - UP Ex Captain John W. Haseltine 6/24/1880:846 ($3.00)-unknown-Joseph S. Brobston, Stack's Fixed Price List No. 69, 1/1963 (listed for $1,150)-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-R. Tettenhorst-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 95.3.4).
Price Realized: $24150
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 27.
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