Welcome Sign-In | Register
Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
includes Buyer's Premium (BP) 


1793 S-15, B-22 Cent, VG10
'The Aristocrat'
Fifth Finest Known

1793 1C Liberty Cap VG10 NGC. S-15, B-22, High R.6. Our EAC Grade VG-7. Ex: Mervis Collection. The sharpness is five points finer than our EAC grade with delicate to coarse hairline scratches on Liberty's portrait and elsewhere on the obverse. The mahogany, chestnut, and blue-steel surfaces show old corrosion with a few lamination defects on the reverse. The date is bold with a small obverse rim bruise at 5 o'clock.

Breen Die State I. All known examples are in the same die state, although this piece is a later die stage with advanced reverse swelling.

Commentary. Although this variety was discovered before 1869 when it appeared on the Levick plate, few have been discovered since then. Only recently, the S-15 fell out of the lofty Rarity-7 rating, as a 13th example was discovered in the summer of 2013.

A remarkably well-researched and comprehensive history of the Sheldon-15 cent was compiled by Jim Neiswinter. The Aristocrat: the Story of the 1793 Sheldon 15, was published by the author in the Spring of 2013. It is a remarkable study, one of few book-length projects that focuses on a single pair of dies.

Regarding this specimen, Neiswinter writes:

"Charles Williams was the Cincinnati collector that Dr. Sheldon wrote about in Early American Cents in 1949. At that time, Sheldon believed this cent and the French cent were two different coins. By 1958, Sheldon had realized his mistake, and he did not mention the Cincinnati collector's S15 in Penny Whimsy."

Market Notes. Bland identifies this piece as the fourth finest known, while Noyes grades it Good 6 and sixth finest known. Neiswinter lists it as the fifth finest known example. The present offering is the 30th auction appearance of any example of the 1793 S-15 cent, and the sixth appearance of the present specimen. A period of several years usually goes by between offerings.

Provenance. W.B. Guy (Henry Chapman, 11/1911), lot 350; Dr. George P. French (B. Max Mehl, 1929 FPL), lot 17; Charles M. Williams (privately, via Abe Kosoff); Floyd T. Starr (Stack's, 6/1984), lot 23; Jack Robinson (Superior, 1/1989), lot 20; Dan Holmes (Goldberg Coins, 9/2009), lot 26.
From The Adam Mervis Large Cent Collection. (Variety PCGS# 35495, Base PCGS# 1359)

Service and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  | NGC Coin Grading Guarantee  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Glossary of Terms

Auction Info

Auction Dates
January, 2014
10th Friday
Internet/Mail/Phone Bidders: 9
Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
Page Views: 1,106

Buyer's Premium per Lot:
17.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

Rasmussen Special Edition Catalog
This hard bound volume contains the magnificent Wes Rasmussen Large Cent Collection, formed by a former President of the Early American Coppers society which was auctioned at the 2005 Florida United Numismatic Auction. Reserve your copy of this remarkable volume for just $75 today.
Rasmussen Signed Limited Edition Catalog
A hard bound limited library edition of the Wes Rasmussen Collection Catalog, signed by Wes Rasmussen, Mark Borckardt, Greg Rohan, and Denis Loring, is available while supplies last. Only 100 produced. Reserve your copy of this remarkable limited edition signed volume for just $150 today.

Heritage membership

sold in the last year

Join Now - It's Free

  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your

Consignments wanted

Only 24 days left to consign to the 2016 February 3 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach!

Learn about consigning with us

Really an effortless way to sell one's coins and still reap their current value.
Metairie, LA
View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. To compare for yourself, visit:

Video tutorial

Getting the most out of search

Recent auctions

2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York
2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York
REALIZED $11,037,684
2015 September 17 - 22 LB Expo World Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
2015 September 17 - 22 LB Expo World Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
REALIZED $5,216,239
2015 October 21 - 24 Eric P. Newman Collection Part VII Currency Signature Auction - Dallas
2015 October 21 - 24 Eric P. Newman Collection Part VII Currency Signature Auction - Dallas
REALIZED $2,890,826

© 2015 Heritage Auctions | All Rights Reserved