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1798 1C First Hair Style -- Obverse Planchet Flaw -- NGC Details. AU. S-162, B-23, R.4. MRB VF35. ...

2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction #1159

 
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Auction Ended On: Sep 8, 2011
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Location: Long Beach Convention Center
100 S. Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802

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1798 S-162, B-23 Cent, AU Details
First Hair Style
Second Finest Known
1798 1C First Hair Style -- Obverse Planchet Flaw -- NGC Details. AU. S-162, B-23, R.4. MRB VF35. Breen Die State II, an intermediate die state with a delicate reverse die crack over OF A. This is the later of two die states in George Clapp's book on the 1798 and 1799 cents. The top of the hair is "unfinished" with a severed hair strand below BE and a disconnected strand below the R. A minor design change took place in 1798 with additional hair detail appearing on later varieties. This pleasing piece will satisfy the demand of Guide Book collectors who seek the First Hair Style coins.
The mottled dark olive and steel-brown surfaces are well above average, especially on the obverse which approaches choice surface quality. This piece was struck with a planchet defect at the date, and it should have no effect on the grade, although some collectors might make a small deduction. Indeed, the planchet flaw led NGC to assign a details grade to this specimen. A minute planchet clip at 9 o'clock is insufficient to classify this example as a mint error. Noyes grades the Boka specimen VF35 and second finest known, as does Del Bland.
Longtime Las Vegas resident Jeff Gresser is a native of New York who retired from his lifelong job as chief of valet service for a Las Vegas hotel in 2008. He began his coin collection in 1959 and started his large cent collection in 1986 when he purchased an 1817 N-16 (15 Stars) large cent from the Robinson S. Brown, Jr. collection. Today Gresser occupies his time working in numismatics, utilizing his extensive collection of numismatic literature.
Ex: Silver State Coins (Reno, Nevada, 8/1998); Mr. Tippit; Sahara Coins (Mark Scott); Jeff Gresser (6/7/1999); Jon Alan Boka.
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