1797 C-1 1 above 1 R2. PCGS graded MS-62 Brown. A frosty mint state half cent that has light smoothing on the rim at K-2 to K-3 and K-7 to K-9 on the obverse plus stronger smoothing on the rim above STATE on the reverse. The reason for the smoothing is unknown, but there is a possibility there was a planchet flaw that someone decided needed "improving." The only other mark is a scuff in the dentils at CA in AMERICA. Very attractive frosty steel brown and light chocolate with traces of very faded mint red remaining in protected areas on both sides. LDS, Manley state 5.0, with numerous die cracks and swelling in the fields. ICA in AMERICA is obliterated by the heavy swelling. The fields at ICA and the opposing area at TY are covered with tiny pre-striking planchet chips, as usual for the late die state. The high grade allows you to see the myriad of fine die cracks that cover the obverse. It's a wonder that the die was able to hold together at this point. Our grade is MS sharpness net EF45. Weight 76.4 grains. The attribution and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 1; 1 finer in 66BN (the preceding lot). (PCGS # 35101) Estimate Value $7,500 - UP Ex Lloyd Whiteneck 5/10/1973-R. Tettenhorst-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 97.1.3).
Price Realized: $18975
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 42.
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