1796 C-2 With Pole R4. PCGS graded MS-65+ Red & Brown. CAC. Choice lustrous steel brown and chocolate with faded mint red covering about 15% of the planchet. There is a small splash of darker olive toning at CE in CENT and another in the leaves under the O in OF. The obverse is flawless except for some microscopic pre-striking planchet chips at the dentils left of the date, as struck. The designs are sharply struck on both sides, the only weakness appearing in some of the dentils. The fields are slightly prooflike and the eye appeal is outstanding. Considered superior to the Showers example in a side-by-side comparison, which was part of the Missouri Cabinet before being traded away following acquisition of this coin. A perfect mate for the prooflike 1796 No Pole in this collection. Plated on page 26 in the second edition of the Cohen book to illustrate the die variety. Also plated on page 165 in Breen's encyclopedia to illustrate the With Pole variety struck on a planchet cut from a spoiled large cent, which Breen admits this example is not, and listed in the Breen census on page 163. Our grade is MS63+, close to MS64. Weight 83.1 grains. The attribution and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 1; the finest graded. (PCGS # 35099) Estimate Value $650,000 - UP Ex Howard Rounds Newcomb (valued by Newcomb at $710.00) 1935 (privately)-B. Max Mehl 1935 (privately)-Col. E. H. R. Green 6/8/1936-Green Estate (appraised by F. C. C. Boyd for the Estate at $300.00 on 8/9/1937) sold in April 1943 for $70.01-the Newman/Johnson partnership-Burdette G. Johnson 2/2/1947-B. G. Johnson Estate 12/15/1948-later-Charles J. duPont, Anderson Dupont (duPont) Sale, Part II, Stack's 11/11/1954:1053 ($2,300)-Doris E. Nelson-Toby and Doris E. (Nelson) Szymanski (the "TAD" collection) Stack's 3/15/1975:822-R. Tettenhorst-EPNNES-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 96.2.2).
Price Realized: $718750
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 37.
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