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


The Finest Known 1807/6 S-272 Small Overdate Cent

1807 1C Small 7 over 6. AU55 PCGS. S-272, B-2, High R.4. Bland AU50; CC-1. Noyes AU50; CC-1. Photo #20999. Our EAC Grade AU50.

McGirk 1C; Clapp 2; EAC 2; Encyclopedia 1769; PCGS #1525.

Overdate, small 7. Leaf point below upright of D. The obverse appears on S-272. The reverse appears on S-271, S-272, and S-273.

Olive and chocolate-brown on both sides is accompanied by darker steel toning on the obverse. Considerable frosty mint luster is particularly evident on the reverse. The surfaces are smooth and glossy with a couple of small marks on the neck and another right of the date. Otherwise, only the slightest abrasions can be seen. Sharply struck with fine die lines in the protected areas of the obverse device. The right obverse and lower reverse borders are boldly defined.

Die State II.
Light clash marks are visible in the usual locations on both sides.

The obverse and reverse are illustrated in Clapp, Penny Whimsy, Breen's Complete Encyclopedia, and Noyes (1991). The obverse is illustrated in Early American Cents.

Census. Bland records the six finest as 50-45-30-25-20-15 (4), and Noyes calls the six finest 50-40-25-25-20-12. Both records place this coin at the top of the Census.

Commentary. This example, the finest known, appeared for sale at auction in 1999, and before that in 1948. The present offering is only the second auction appearance in the last 60 years. In addition to its finest known status, this piece has the second oldest pedigree of any example recorded by Bland. Only the Naftzger duplicate, sold by New Netherlands in 1973, has an older pedigree, but it was apparently not recognized as a new variety until later. Breen states that the Small 7 over 6 cent was discovered by Charles McGirk.

Provenance. William Sleicher; S.H. Chapman (10/1919), lot 1001, $360; Henry C. Hines (1944); Dr. William H. Sheldon (1945); T. James Clarke; Carl Wurtzbach; Barney Bluestone (1947 FPL), $350; Barney Bluestone (2/1948), lot 452, $162.50; Dr. William H. Sheldon (4/1972); R.E. Naftzger, Jr. (2/1992); Eric Streiner; Jay Parrino; Juan Suros (Superior, 2/1999), lot 15, $52,900; Anthony Terranova and Chris Victor-McCawley.

Personality. Dr. Juan XII Suros is native to Barcelona, Spain, and heir to Catalonian nobility. He was an exchange student in Oregon, and today is a cardiologist in Chula Vista, California. He formed a remarkable collection of overdate coinage that was sold by Superior in February 1999. (NGC ID# 224N, Variety PCGS# 36439, Base PCGS# 1525)

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
14th-16th Thursday-Saturday
Internet/Mail/Phone Bidders: 6
Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
Page Views: 3,097

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

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 34 days left to consign to the 2016 April 27 - May 2 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago!

Learn about consigning with us

What I most appreciated was how thorough you were when we initially met, how you were conservative in your estimates, not trying to get me to consign by giving false expectations, and then for delivering above and beyond on your commitment to me of a wonderful marketing campaign and a first rate catalog and photos, all of which resulted in a final total price realized that was nicely higher than what you had told me to expect.
Adam Mervis,
Decatur, IL
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

2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
REALIZED SO FAR $8,287,083
2016 January 12 - 13 World Coins - Dallas
2016 January 12 - 13 World Coins - Dallas
REALIZED $1,973,394
2016 January 7 - 11 FUN World Currency Signature Auction - Tampa
2016 January 7 - 11 FUN World Currency Signature Auction - Tampa
REALIZED $764,315

© 2016 Heritage Auctions | All Rights Reserved