1797 C-3b Low Head with Lettered Edge R4. PCGS graded EF-45 Brown. CAC. Struck over a Spoiled Large Cent. Slightly sharper with a barely detectable rim bruise at RI in AMERICA and a tiny chip on the bust over the second 7. Lightly cleaned, now retoned glossy bluish steel and chocolate with very faded reddish steel brown and tan in protected areas. Struck over a spoiled large cent with CA from AMERICA and portions of the cent wreath visible in the field before the mouth and face. Additional traces of undertype from the cent reverse can be found elsewhere on the obverse of the half cent, but not enough to determine the date or die variety of the cent. EDS, Manley state 1.0, showing no sign of a die crack from the chin, although you can detect a subtle wave in the field where the crack soon forms. Both sides are slightly off center to K-10.5. Our grade is VF35. One of the finest known of the Lettered Edge variety. Listed in the Breen census on page 189 of his encyclopedia. Weight 85.7 grains. The attribution and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 1; finest of 2 graded. (PCGS # 35113) Estimate Value $60,000 - UP Ex Thomas L. Elder 11/23/1935:786 ($35.00)-Willard C. Blaisdell-Mulford B. Simons, Jr. (DBA Penn Valley Coin Shoppe), offered in Coin World 10/10/1973 at $3,500-R. Tettenhorst-EPNNES-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 97.3b.3).
Price Realized: $80500
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 46.
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