1797 C-3c R7- Low Head with Gripped Edge. PCGS graded About Good-3. The obverse is G5 while the reverse is only Fair-2 at best. Lightly cleaned, now recolored a glossy light bluish steel brown. The only notable mark is a light scratch from the I in UNITED to the T in CENT. The date is strong. The grip marks are not strong and many of them are missing, but enough are visible to make the attribution possible and the ones that remain line up with clearer ones on higher grade examples. The attribution was confirmed by Roger Cohen, and this example is listed by Breen in his 1983 encyclopedia (page 191) as one of only seven confirmed by him (with three additional pieces claimed but unverified at that time). A couple more have been found since then, but all are in very low grade. MDS, Manley state 2.0. Our grade is AG3. Weight 82.2 grains. The attribution and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 1; 2 finer, including a VG8 and a G6 (which was a selection from the Missouri Cabinet sold in our Davy II sale, 9/4/2011:183 where it realized $195,500.00). (PCGS # 35116) Estimate Value $20,000 - UP Ex Purchased unattributed by Richard S. Shimkus-Don Valenziano, Jr.-Early American Coppers Sale 5/11/1986:62-Jack H. Robinson, Superior Galleries 1/29/1989:1891-R. Tettenhorst-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 97.3c.4).
Price Realized: $55200
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 48.
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