1795 C-4 on a Thick Planchet R8+. PCGS graded Fine-12 Brown. Glossy chocolate and steel brown with some very fine reddish carbon around the 1 in the date. There is a light rim bruise over LI in LIBERTY and the edge at the bottom of the reverse is slightly beveled, as struck. MDS, Manley state 2.0 early. HALF CENT is slightly weak but easily readable. Struck on a thick planchet, possibly from a cut-down spoiled cent, weighing 113.50 grains (which is noted on the PCGS label). The beveled edge at the bottom of the reverse is consistent with a planchet that was cut from a spoiled large cent, but there is no evidence of underlying cent design that could confirm this assessment. This is the only example of the die variety known to us struck on a thick planchet, and it is the only thick-planchet example PCGS has noted as well (although PCGS did not assign it a different coin number like they do for the thick planchet versions of the 1795 C-5 and C-6 varieties). Our grade is VG10. The attribution, weight, and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. (PCGS # 35080) Estimate Value $10,000 - UP Ex Richard Shimkus 4/16/1999-R. Tettenhorst-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 95.4b.1).
Price Realized: $12075
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 29.
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