1793 Chain 1C Periods AU53 NGC. S-4, B-5, R.3....
|Sold for:||Sign-in or Join (free & quick)|
|Claim Item:||Sign-in or Join (free & quick)|
|Auction Ended On:||Aug 12, 2011|
10 Internet/mail/phone bidders
1,924 page views
Marriott - Chicago O Hare
8535 W. Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631
Important AU53 1793 Chain Cent, Periods, S-41793 Chain 1C Periods AU53 NGC. S-4, B-5, R.3. Sheldon-4 is the sole die marriage with periods after LIBERTY and the date. The reason for this may have been a different engraver than the initial Chain cent varieties. Liberty has a smaller nose and a youthful appearance. In his posthumous early cent Encyclopedia published in 2000, Walter Breen hypothesizes that "perhaps this was a sample die by Joseph Wright leading to the engravership." Breen notes that the Judd-12 1792 quarter engraved by Wright has a period after LIBERTY. He then backtracks, adding "if Wright did this, why is there no record of his part-time employment before appointment as engraver?"
While the actual die engraver is unknown, we can state that the present coin is an example of Breen Die State I, without the obverse rim crack and die break at 7:30 seen on later strikes, which appear to comprise the majority of survivors.
Most Chain cents are heavily worn, often to the extent that 1793 and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA cannot be read, even under a strong light, and all that remains of the portrait is a faint outline. But this important Chain coin has minimal wear, limited to the high points of the chain links and the hair behind Liberty's ear. The walnut-brown surfaces lack spots, abrasions, or planchet deficiencies. A tiny edge bump at 3:30 is the best identifier that be can found to track any future auction appearances. Chain cents are the initial type struck by the fledgling U.S. Mint, and high-grade examples are greatly outnumbered by those seeking quality examples. MRB VF35.(Registry values: P5) (PCGS# 91341)
Service and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)
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.
Guides and Pricing Information:
Find Auction Prices for Comparable Items: