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    1797 C-3a, B-3c Half Cent, XF40
    Breen Die State IV Plate Coin

    1797 1/2 C Plain Edge, Low Head, C-3a, B-3c, R.3, XF40 NGC. 82.2 grains. Breen Die State IV. Manley Die State 1.0. This is the Breen plate coin for Die State IV on page 192 in his Half Cent Encyclopedia. Two of the three die pairs of the 1797 half cents can be called blundered dies. Only the Centered Head 1797 C-2 is normally produced. The others are 1797 C-1 with the date initially placed too high, and then corrected, and this 1797 C-3 variety with the head punched far too low in the field, barely leaving room for the date.

    Examples of the Low Head C-3 are known with three types of edges. In The Half Cent, 1793-1857, William Eckberg estimates about 210 pieces survive with a Plain Edge, 75 with a Lettered Edge, and 15 with a Gripped Edge. Although no undertype is present on this coin, it is believed that all examples were struck on cut-down spoiled cents. Some examples show a dramatic undertype, sometimes attributable, such as the famous example struck over a 1798 S-164 large cent that appeared in the Missouri Cabinet auction.

    Struck slightly off center, this example has pleasing olive and light brown surfaces that show trivial circulation marks of no consequence. A few splashes of faded maroon patina are observed on the obverse. The fourth finest example known. Our EAC grade VF30.
    Ex: Paul Magriel, Sr. Collection; Walter Breen; California Collector; Jon Hanson (9/15/2003); Donald G. Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2WCM, Variety PCGS# 35110, Base PCGS# 35107)

    Weight: 6.74 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

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