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1820 1C Large Date MS64 Brown PCGS. N-13, R.1. MRB MS60+. ...

2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction #1159

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Auction Ended On: Sep 8, 2011
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1820 N-13 Cent, MS64 Brown
Al Boka's First Large Cent
1820 1C Large Date MS64 Brown PCGS. N-13, R.1. MRB MS60+. The usual cracked obverse is always seen on this variety. Although the stars are flat as usual, the strike is bold at the centers with sharp outer borders. The 1820 N-13 is possibly the sharpest-struck variety of the entire Coronet series and is, in the words of John D. Wright, "a perennial favorite with type collectors." This die marriage is the most plentiful Randall Hoard variety.
Both sides have full satiny cartwheel luster and lovely mahogany surfaces with accompanying light green toning. This coin is the first large cent that Al Boka ever purchased, sending him on a remarkable journey into the world of early copper. His records show that the coin was bought in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1972. That may have been a coin shop or a private individual.
John Swan Randall (1817-1878) was responsible for the Randall Hoard of large cents, a substantial holding of coins that had been buried prior to the Civil War. Some sources suggest that one or more "kegs" of large cents were included in the hoard, amounting to more than 10,000 coins. Approximately 2,800 of those coins were offered in Edward Cogan's sale of May 1878. Many stories about the hoard are routinely shared, perhaps exaggerated through the passage of time. Like many numismatic stories, the history of the Randall Hoard needs to be examined carefully to reveal the truth.
Ex: Wilmington, Delaware (1972); Jon Alan Boka.
From The Al Boka Copperheads Collection.(Registry values: N991) (NGC ID# 2256, PCGS# 1615)

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