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1795 S-79, B-9 Large Cent, Fair 2
Sans Edge Reeding

1795 1C Fair 2 PCGS. S-79, B-9, Low R.7. This is a genuine 1795 cent from the dies of S-79. Every letter in LIBERTY is visible, and the position of TY over the forelock is diagnostic for the obverse die of that variety. In fact, that relationship is diagnostic for the entire series. There is no other Liberty Cap obverse die of any variety from 1793 through 1796 with TY in the same position relative to the forelock. The date is mostly visible as well. Nearly half of the reverse detail is also visible, and likewise matches exactly the reverse die of S-79. The reverse die of S-79 appears here for the only time in the Liberty Cap series, reappearing later with six 1796 Draped Bust varieties.
There has been some debate regarding a suitable name for this piece. While S-79 is known as the "Reeded Edge" large cent, this piece shows no trace of edge reeding. It is possibly a plain edge planchet that was mistakenly mixed with the experimental Reeded Edge planchets. If so, then it should be described as a mint error. However, it may have been produced intentionally. If so, then the Reeded Edge pieces should be labeled "S-79a" and this Plain Edge piece should be labeled "S-79b." Another possibility is that the edge reeding is gone as a result of extensive wear.
Bidders will notice that this is a well-worn, pleasing tan cent with only slight surface roughness on each side, consistent with the grade. Without doubt a genuine S-79 cent, one of just nine examples known, and an important opportunity for the advanced specialist. MRB Fair 2.(Registry values: P1) (NGC ID# 223U, PCGS# 1383)

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