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1796 1C Draped Bust, Reverse of 1796 AU55 PCGS. S-93, B-34, R.3. MRB VF35. ...

2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction #1159

 
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Location: Long Beach Convention Center
100 S. Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802

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1796 S-93, B-34 Large Cent, AU55
Draped Bust, Reverse of 1796
1796 1C Draped Bust, Reverse of 1796 AU55 PCGS. S-93, B-34, R.3. MRB VF35. Ex: Norweb-Boka. Breen Die State IV with heavy clash marks and delicate cracks. Known as the "Hyphen Die" for a small die chip between the 7 and 9, the obverse was combined with six different reverse dies. A small, raised rough spot below the hair ribbon is also characteristic. Sheldon writes: "The spot is about 4 mm long, and is a conspicuous landmark for this important obverse die." Current rarity ratings indicate that about 400 to 500 examples of this variety are known, and that less than 200 examples of the other five varieties are known, combined.
Smooth olive-brown surfaces have splashes of agate on the reverse of this once carefully cleaned cent. A few small scrapes across the bust suggest a slightly reduced net grade. Those scrapes are so well blended into the surrounding surface that they are nearly invisible without a glass. The obverse has rounded rims due to the specific cupped planchet style that Breen calls "concavo-convex." Those planchets were the product of William Coltman's British firm, Governor & Company of Copper Miners. Del Bland grades this coin VF30 and tied for 13th finest known. Noyes says sharpness of XF40, net VF25, and tied for 11th finest known. This piece was called XF40 sharpness, net VF30/35 in the Norweb catalog.
A native of Rochester, New York, Dr. George P. French assembled an extensive large cent collection, with portions sold at three different times in the early 20th century. B. Max Mehl purchased the bulk of his large cent collection (over 800 pieces) and offered it through a fixed price list in 1929. French was an obstetrician and gynecologist who was born in 1866 and died in 1932. He was a founding member and first president of the Rochester Numismatic Association. His wife was Mary, and they had a daughter, Nina.
Ex: Dr. George P. French; T. James Clarke; R.E. Naftzger, Jr.; A. Kosoff (4/1956), lot 41 $265; Mrs. R. Henry Norweb (Bowers and Merena, 11/1988), lot 2749 $2,750; Dennis Mendelson (9/1990); Del Bland (10/13/1990); Jon Alan Boka.
From The Al Boka Copperheads Collection.(Registry values: N2998) (PCGS# 1401)

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