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1793 1C Liberty Cap AU53 PCGS Secure. S-13, B-20, High R.3. MRB VF35....

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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1793 S-13, B-20 Liberty Cap Cent, AU53
Eighth Finest Known
1793 1C Liberty Cap AU53 PCGS Secure. S-13, B-20, High R.3. MRB VF35. Ex: Halpern-Boka. Breen Die State I with no evidence of the reverse bulge appearing in the later state. The surfaces display intermingled tan and dark brown on the obverse and mostly tan on the reverse, with a few minor rim bruises confined to the outer margins. The impression is nicely centered, and both sides exhibit wide margins. The Sheldon-13 die marriage is the most plentiful of the 1793 Liberty Cap cents, with a total known population in the vicinity of 250 coins. It is the most frequent choice of date collectors. However, few are as fine as the present specimen, a coin that is certainly destined for a specialized variety collection. More collector requests are received for high-grade 1793 Liberty Cap cents than for any other issue in the large cent series.
Stack's graded this piece XF40 in the Halpern catalog, and Del Bland grades it VF35, tied for eighth finest known. Bill Noyes calls it XF45 sharpness, net VF35 and tied for ninth finest in his census. Perhaps needless to say, Max Mehl called this piece Uncirculated: "It was originally purchased by Mr. Geiss as uncirculated and the coin is just that, only the highest portions show the very slightest cabinet friction. The cheek and highest portions of hair were struck so high that it must show some slight cabinet friction."
Benjamin Collins (1845-1928) was a dealer and collector who worked as chief of the tobacco division of the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. He selected the finest specimens from his large cent inventory to form a remarkable holding that B. Max Mehl eventually purchased, although the present specimen followed a different line. Attempts to identify Henry Whiteley, who sold this coin to Collins, have failed. The 1900 Federal Census reports 12 individuals of that name, ranging in age from 18 to 55 years. Five of those 12 resided within 200 miles of Washington, D.C.
Ex: Henry Whiteley, who inherited this piece from his grandparents; Benjamin H. Collins (4/14/1896); Dr. Thomas Hall (9/7/1909); Virgil M. Brand (1934); Armin Brand (2/7/1941); B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co., 6/14/1944); James P. Randall; Frederic W. Geiss (B. Max Mehl #109, 2/1947), lot 11; Rodney T. Grove; Robert Nofal and Lewis Kling; Superior Stamp & Coin Co.; Auction '81 (Superior Stamp & Coin Co., 8/1981), lot 509; Denis W. Loring (7/1985); Herman Halpern (Stack's, 3/1988), lot 15; David Bloom (9/1988); John B. MacDonald; Denis W. Loring (2/26/2000); Jon Alan Boka.
From The Al Boka Copperheads Collection.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 223L, PCGS# 1359)

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