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1805 1C MS61 Brown NGC. S-269, B-3, R.1. MRB AU50. ...

2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction #1159

 
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Auction Ended On: Sep 8, 2011
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Location: Long Beach Convention Center
100 S. Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802

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1805 S-269, B-3 Large Cent, MS61 Brown
Near Census Level Specimen
1805 1C MS61 Brown NGC. S-269, B-3, R.1. MRB AU50. Breen Die State III; the bulge behind the lower hair curls is developing. Three die varieties are known for the 1805 large cents, including the S-269 with a pointed 1 in the date. The other two varieties both have a blunt 1. The S-269 die marriage is scarcer than S-267. Sheldon writes that S-269 is "seen about half as often as No. 267," while Breen suggested this variety is "seen slightly less than one-third as often" as S-267.
The surfaces are glossy dark chocolate with reddish mottling, while the reverse displays olive and faded mint color. Peripheral flow lines cause parts of the obverse and reverse border to be weak. Del Bland grades this coin AU50 and tied for eighth finest known. This piece is called AU55 and tied for fourth finest in the Wyatt catalog. Noyes calls it sharpness of AU55, net XF40 in his 2005 Census.
Still a familiar face at coin conventions and an ambassador for coin collecting, G. Lee Kuntz is a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served during World War II. He was an engineer who developed a numismatic interest as a teenager. He eventually began collecting large cents and purchased a 1795 S-79 Reeded Edge cent in 1989, becoming the eighth person to assemble a complete Sheldon numbered set of the early cents.
Ex: Dr. J.M. Henderson (S.H. Chapman, 5/1921), lot 279; later, Harry DeVore; Russell Wyatt (Superior Galleries, 9/1985), lot 299; G. Lee Kuntz (Superior Galleries, 10/1991), lot 302; Gary Ruttenberg (M & G Auctions, 8/1996), lot 270; Anthony Terranova (1998 EAC); Jon Alan Boka.
From The Al Boka Copperheads Collection. (PCGS# 36433)

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