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1803 S-256, B-15 Cent, AU Details
Small Date, Small Fraction

1803 1C Small Date, Small Fraction -- Obverse Improperly Cleaned -- NGC Details. AU. S-256, B-15, R.3. MRB AU50. Breen Die State VI, the terminal die state with all cracks, clash marks, and bulges described in that reference. In Penny Whimsy, Sheldon called S-256 a low R.4 variety. However, quite a few have been located since then, and today S-256 is a borderline common variety with several hundred known in all grades.
A few faint hairlines on the face and neck are the only blemishes on otherwise amazing surfaces. Both sides have frosty surfaces with olive and tan, the latter faded from mint red. The reverse has a small maroon corrosion spot at the C in CENT. Graded MS60 in the Stack's catalog, Noyes conservatively calls it XF45, with the sharpness of AU50. This piece is unlisted in the Bland Census.
Wes Rasmussen was born in Wisconsin in 1934 but considers the Minneapolis area his home. Working in the printing business, he began collecting coins in the mid-1960s and large cents in the early 1970s. From a simple introduction to copper coins via two 1803 large cents, Rasmussen went on to hold the post of Early American Coppers president and served as the organization's printer for several years.
Ex: Stack's (9/1997), lot 342; Jim McGuigan; Tom Reynolds (4/18/2004); Wes A. Rasmussen (4/2004); Jon Alan Boka.
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