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    1793 C-3, B-3 Half Cent, MS64+ Brown
    Third Finest at NGC

    1793 Liberty Cap Left, Straight Cap, C-3, B-3, R.3, MS64+ Brown NGC. CAC. Our EAC grade MS63. 105.8 grains. Breen Die State III. Manley Die State 1.0. The plate coin for Die State II in Walter Breen's Half Cent Encyclopedia, but this coin actually qualifies as Die State III. This lovely half cent is conservatively graded About Uncirculated in Breen's Half Cent Encyclopedia with the note that it is "nearly mint state, but with a reverse rim nick at 12:30 o'clock and a nick below 17 of the date." The comment alludes to an interesting aspect and one of the great challenges of coin grading, especially among the early copper collectors. Nearly all early copper coins have flaws of one sort or another, which each observer evaluates differently against its sharpness or detail. When the grade was assigned for the Breen Condition Census, the virtually imperceptible rim nicks weighed strongly against the sharpness grade. For the present cataloger, those same imperfections have virtually no adverse effect on the grade and serve well for future provenance investigation.

    While listed after six Mint State coins in the Breen Encyclopedia Condition Census, this example likely ranks higher in the census as two examples have not been seen now for over 100 years. With strong luster and exhibiting hints of delicate blue toning on its blended chestnut and golden-brown surfaces. This is a lovely Choice Mint State half cent. Census: 3 in 64 (1 in 64+), 2 finer (12/20).
    Ex: Trombley (4/9/1967); Donald G. Partrick. While not further identified here, Trombley may be Bernard Trombley, the Springfield, Massachusetts, numismatist who acquired the remaining inventory of the defunct Tatham Stamp & Coin Company.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2222, Variety PCGS# 35009, Base PCGS# 1000)

    Weight: 6.74 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

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