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The Finest Known 1807/6 S-272 Small Overdate Cent1807 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.
Equivalents. McGirk 1C; Clapp 2; EAC 2; Encyclopedia 1769; PCGS #1525.
Variety. 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.
Surfaces. 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.
Appearances. 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)
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