1795 1C Jefferson Head, Plain VF25 NGC. S-80, B-11, Low R.5....
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The Garrett Specimen, VF25
This is the Garrett specimen, easily pedigreed by the depression at the rim over the RT of LIBERTY; the Garrett cataloger called this a "rim cut," yet it seems smoother. Moderately worn surfaces are deep brown, almost teak, with a suggestion of blue in the overtone. Interiors are remarkably smooth, and the overall eye appeal is excellent. Respected copper authorities Noyes and Bland give the piece net grades (in EAC terms) of VG10 and Fine 12, ranking 12th and 11th in their respective censuses of the variety.
This coin's pedigree is almost as impressive as the piece itself, stretching back to Dr. Edward Maris and running through three generations of Garretts. One of the more amusing stories (in retrospect, at least) about this piece is that it was left in the back of a taxicab by Tom Morley, along with other purchases from the Garrett auction. The full story, including how the coins were returned by an honest cabdriver, can be found in the January 1980 installment of Penny-Wise, as told by Morley himself; more abbreviated versions of the story have circulated in coin-dealer lore ever since. Our EAC grade Fine 12.
Ex: Dr. Edward Maris; Harlan P. Smith (6/1886), lot 270, $50; T. Harrison Garrett; Robert Garrett (1919); John Work Garrett; Johns Hopkins University (Bowers and Ruddy, 11/1979), lot 80, $7,500; Tom Morley; John W. Adams (4/1981); Denis W. Loring (5/1981); John Harper.
From The Dr. John Y. Harper, Jr. Collection.(Registry values: P1) (PCGS# 1386)
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