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1796 S-91, B-1 Liberty Cap Cent, AU53
The William Beaver Chamberlin Specimen
A Census Level Example

1796 1C Liberty Cap AU53 PCGS. S-91, B-1, R.3. MRB AU50. Ex: Whitney-Boka. Breen Die State III with obverse ridges but no reverse bulges. The placement of this variety in the emission sequence is unknown, as neither die was used for any other 1796 Liberty Cap variety. Sheldon placed it at the end of the sequence, stating that it is the last Liberty Cap cent and the end of an era. Walter Breen places it at the beginning of the 1796 Liberty Caps, citing Denis W. Loring who gives stylistic reasons for that placement. Breen writes: "... its reverse is unlike all others, but nearer in style to variety 2 [S-81] than to variety 10 [S-89] or 11 [S-90]."
Olive and steel toning on each side of this attractive cent has accompanying mahogany and light tan on the reverse. Both sides exhibit smooth, glossy surfaces. A slightly misaligned strike shows a wide obverse border at 9 o'clock. Del Bland grades this coin AU50 and tied for fifth finest known. Noyes says sharpness of AU55, net XF45 and seventh finest known.
William Beaver Chamberlin was born in Danville, Pennsylvania, on August 2, 1865, and died on September 9, 1942. His ancestry dates to 17th century New England. He was president of the Kingston Coal Company in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and purchased large cents from the Philadelphia dealer, J. Colvin Randall, in the 1890s. Chamberlin ceased collecting large cents at the time of Randall's death, circa 1900.
The following notice appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer on August 2, 1987:

"William Beaver Chamberlin was a prominent Philadelphia coal dealer, but coin collectors knew him as penny-wise. On his death in 1942, he left a collection of cents that included at least one of every date from 1793 to 1917, all chosen for their high grades. His collection, which has been in the hands of his heirs for 45 years, will be auctioned Wednesday at Harmer Rooke Numismatists Ltd. in New York City."

Ex: William Beaver Chamberlin (Harmer Rooke Numismatists, Ltd., 8/1987), lot 6, $5,000; Dr. Robert J. Shalowitz; Charles E. Harrison (7/1994); Anthony Terranova (9/1994); John Whitney (Stack's, 5/1999), lot 1722; Chris Victor-McCawley (3/7/2000); Jon Alan Boka.
From The Al Boka Copperheads Collection.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 223V, PCGS# 1392)

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