1805 C-2 Small 5 with Stems R5. PCGS graded AU-50 Brown. Lightly cleaned, now very nicely retoned. The obverse is glossy medium brown while the reverse is glossy light olive and golden steel brown with a hint of bluish steel overtone. The surfaces are very smooth and attractive, which is quite unusual for this variety. The only marks are a tiny nick under the B in LIBERTY and a couple of light marks on the lower part of the neck. EDS, Manley state 1.0, with only a faint hint of a bulge in the right obverse field. The reverse is rotated 15 degrees CCW. Our grade is VF35. Finest known by a small margin over the Ruby:240 (Superior 2/11/1974)-R. Tettenhorst-Bill Weber:2326 (M&G/Superior 6/3/2002) coin that brought $63,250 in the 2002 sale. This assessment was made in a direct comparison of the two coins. Plated on page 57 in the second edition of the Cohen book to illustrate the variety, on page 262 in the Breen encyclopedia to illustrate his die state I, and it is the second example listed on page 263 in the Breen/Hanson condition census. The attribution and Missouri Cabinet provenance are shown on the PCGS label. PCGS population 1; the finest graded for the variety. (PCGS # 35182) Estimate Value $75,000 - UP Ex Alan Weinberg (cherrypicked in Cleveland at the 1964 A.N.A. Convention)-Alex Hastreiter-Hastreiter Estate-Freida Weinberg-Alan Weinberg 3/14/1979-Delmar N. (Del) Bland-William R. Weber 10/21/1997 (multi-coin trade)-R. Tettenhorst-Missouri Cabinet (Mocab 05.2.3).
Price Realized: $60375
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 79.
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