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1806 1C AU55 PCGS. S-270, B-1, R.1. MRB XF45. ...

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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1806 S-270, B-1 Cent, AU55
A Single-Variety Year
1806 1C AU55 PCGS. S-270, B-1, R.1. MRB XF45. Breen Die State III, intermediate with a short crack from the obverse border at 4 o'clock but no evidence of the severe clash marks or bulges that appear in later die states. Although a common variety, the S-270 is in demand from date and variety collectors as it is the only variety known for 1806 large cents. For many years the 1806 was considered a rare date. Breen suggests that a one-time statement attributed to S.H. & H. Chapman, stating that just three Uncirculated examples were known, may have contributed to the mistaken belief of rarity. The Chapmans' statement was surprisingly accurate, as Del Bland's Condition Census shows exactly three Mint State coins pedigreed back to the Chapman era.
Olive-brown surfaces show splashes of dark steel toning with some lighter tan frost, faded from original red. The sharpness is a few points finer than the net grade, with a few shallow nicks on the chin and jaw, and microscopic porosity of little concern. Previously certified AU53 NGC.
Del N. Bland, of Washington state, meticulously tracks pedigrees of half cents and large cents, keeping an extensive condition census of all varieties, a project he has pursued for several decades. His census was published in Walter Breen's Large Cent Encyclopedia in 2000, and he is currently updating his work in Penny-Wise. His census of 1794 large cent varieties is also available at Al Boka's website, 1794largecents.com.
Ex: Wes Rasmussen (4/1/1996); Jon Alan Boka.
From The Al Boka Copperheads Collection.(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 224L, PCGS# 1513)

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