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Spectacular 1793 S-14 Liberty Cap Cent

1793 1C Liberty Cap Fine 12 NGC. Fine 12 EAC. S-14, Die State II, Low R.5. The "Cracked Die" Liberty Cap cent--one of the few early large cents that is easily attributable "across the room" as the vertical, rim-to-rim die crack is so pronounced from the E in LIBERTY to the right of the 3 in the date. This is an early die state with no evidence of die clashing. As one might expect, this variety was an early discovery, being first reported by Reverend J. Finotti before 1862. Breen speculates that fewer than 2,000 pieces were struck. Sheldon believed since no examples are known of this variety without the die crack, it may have occurred during the making of the die itself, perhaps during the hardening process. The surfaces are medium brown and close examination reveals a number of tiny planchet voids on each side. The striking definition is, of course, somewhat irregular with light detailing on the upper right portion of the reverse. A couple of almost undetectable semi-circular scratches are seen on the left side of the reverse. As for other post-striking defects, four small rim bumps are located on the obverse with a couple of rim nicks on the reverse rim, and there is a small area of reddish discoloration over IC in AMERICA on the reverse.
Ex: December 1987 Dallas Sale (Heritage, 12/87), lot 16; Joel Spingarn (4/26/93).(#1359) (Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 223L, PCGS# 1359)

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