1797 C-3a Low Head with Plain Edge R3. PCGS graded AU-53 Brown. Struck over a Spoiled 1798 S-164 Large Cent. Very attractive glossy bluish steel brown. The surfaces are choice, the only defects being a tiny chip under the E in LIBERTY and a thin nick right of the cap. Struck over an off-center 1798 S-164 large cent. The large cent date is bold and covers the lower portion of the half cent portrait. The lower part of the cent reverse covers much of the right side of the half cent reverse. The cent undertype is very strong and was not affected much by the half cent strike. Breen speculates this was because the cut-down planchet was not annealed prior to striking the half cent. The areas showing the cent impression were stress-hardened and therefore less receptive to the half cent strike. In any event, the end result is a fantastic mint error. EDS, Manley state 1.0. Our grade is EF40. High condition census for both the half cent and the undertype S-164 large cent (although the partial large cent doesn't really count for condition census purposes). Plated on page 482 in the error section of the Breen encyclopedia, described and listed in his census on page 193 of that same reference, and the obverse is plated on page 29 in the second edition of the Cohen book. Weight 97.2 grains. The attribution and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 1; 1 finer at PCGS (the preceding lot). (PCGS # 35110) Estimate Value $25,000 - UP Ex Frank D. Taylor-Henry Chapman 6/1908:218 ($2.80)- Virgil M. Brand 6/20/1925-Brand Estate-Armin William Brand (consigned to Burdette G. Johnson 8/27/1935, not sold) 4/21/1946-Horace Brand Estate-Jane Brand Allen-integrated into Stack's Anderson Dupont (duPont) Sale, Part II, 11/11/1954:1055 ($140)-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 97.3a.2).
Price Realized: $89125
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 45.
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