Welcome Sign-In | Register
Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
includes Buyer's Premium (BP) 


Impressive Condition Census 1799/8 S-188 Large Cent

1799/8 1C Overdate VF35 PCGS. S-188, B-2, R.4. Bland VF25; tied for CC-5. Noyes VF20; tied for CC-6. Photo #20416. Our EAC Grade VF25.

Proskey 1; Doughty 137; McGirk 1A; Clapp 1; EAC 2; Encyclopedia 1733; PCGS #1446.

Overdate. Leaf below T in CENT overlaps branch. The obverse appears on S-188 and NC-1. The reverse appears on 1798 S-186 and 1799 S-188.

Smooth medium to dark olive-brown surfaces with a few small flakes near Liberty's eye and in the hair, and also in the obverse field near the nose. Otherwise, just the usual tiny handling marks are evident. The reverse is similar.

Die State II. Two sets of clash marks are visible on each side. Most examples of the 1799/8 S-188 die marriage are early die state pieces, prior to heavy obverse die cracks that curve through RTY and the upper right field.

Census. Bland and Noyes agree that the finest known piece grades AU50, followed by seven VF coins. One of the finer VF coins is in the ANS, forever unavailable to collectors.

Commentary. Joseph Mickley made this date famous during his well-publicized search for an example, to represent the year of his birth. In 1876, Attinelli wrote: "Probably every numismatist knows that it was his attempt to procure a cent of that year the led him into the formation of a collection, which was almost unrivalled, both in its fineness and extent, as also in the rarity of many of the pieces it contained."

Provenance. Dr. William H. Sheldon (1936); Morton Stack; later, Harmer Rooke (8/1970), lot 200; William Anton; Joe Flynn; John R. Grellman (1976); Denis W. Loring (1985); Jack H. Robinson (Superior, 1/1989), lot 395, $13,200; Denis W. Loring; Dr. Eugene Sherman; Bowers and Merena (10/2000), lot 119, $48,300.

Personality. Dr. Eugene Sherman was born in Bronx, New York, in 1948, attended elementary school in Mississippi, and graduated from high school back in the Northeast. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he continued his education with medical training at Pittsburgh, Georgetown, and UCLA. He and his wife have been happily married for 26 years and have two children. Sherman states that he has been an obsessed coin collector since the age of eight, reading B. Max Mehl's Star Rare Coin Encyclopedia by flashlight under the covers when his parents thought he was asleep. His hobby was put aside six years later, but returned stronger than ever in the late 1980s. He plans on a "long and numismatically rich retirement." (NGC ID# 2247, Variety PCGS# 36131, Base PCGS# 1446)

View all of [The Walter J. Husak Collection ]

Service and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  | PCGS Guarantee of Grade and Authenticity  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Glossary of Terms

Auction Info

Auction Dates
February, 2008
Internet/Mail/Phone Bidders: 9
Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
Page Views: 1,418

Buyer's Premium per Lot:
15% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

Rasmussen Special Edition Catalog
This hard bound volume contains the magnificent Wes Rasmussen Large Cent Collection, formed by a former President of the Early American Coppers society which was auctioned at the 2005 Florida United Numismatic Auction. Reserve your copy of this remarkable volume for just $75 today.
Rasmussen Signed Limited Edition Catalog
A hard bound limited library edition of the Wes Rasmussen Collection Catalog, signed by Wes Rasmussen, Mark Borckardt, Greg Rohan, and Denis Loring, is available while supplies last. Only 100 produced. Reserve your copy of this remarkable limited edition signed volume for just $150 today.

Heritage membership

sold in the last year

Join Now - It's Free

  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your

Consignments wanted

Only 16 days left to consign to the 2015 December 3 - 7 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston!

Learn about consigning with us

Heritage Auctions has consistently displayed unvarying kindness and knowledge. Its experts permitted me to profit from my hobby without ever treating my treasures solely in terms of their market value.
[ Additional Handwritten Note » ]
Maggie Thompson,
Iola, WI
View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. To compare for yourself, visit:

Video tutorial

Getting the most out of search

Recent auctions

2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
REALIZED $11,642,180
2015 September 17 - 22 LB Expo World Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
2015 September 17 - 22 LB Expo World Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
REALIZED SO FAR $5,252,337
2015 September 17 - 21 LB Expo World Currency Signature Auction - Long Beach
2015 September 17 - 21 LB Expo World Currency Signature Auction - Long Beach
REALIZED $1,015,415

© 2015 Heritage Auctions | All Rights Reserved