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    1793 Chain AMERICA Cent, AU58
    Near Condition Census S-2, B-2

    1793 1C Chain, AMERICA, S-2, B-2, High R.4, AU58 NGC. Breen Die State II with a slight bulge near the date and wavy fields before Liberty's profile. A splendid example of the coiner's art from the first year of production at the Philadelphia Mint. Following production of the Chain AMERI. cents at the beginning of March 1793, a new reverse die was created with AMERICA spelled in full. These Sheldon-2 cents, using the same obverse die as the S-1 cents, are considered the second Chain cents produced, possibly on the same day as the AMERI. cents. The reverse die remained in use with three more obverse dies to coin the remaining Chain cents that were coined until March 12, 1793.

    This lovely Chain cent exhibits exceptional chocolate-brown surfaces with generous hints of faded mint red in the protected areas on both sides. The sharpness approaches Mint State with trivial surface marks. A faint hairline is evident between the date and the bust line, with a small rim bruise below the first A in AMERICA. Del Bland grades this coin XF45 as listed in his Condition Census appearing in Walter Breen's Large Cent Encyclopedia. His grade assessment places this piece in a tie for the eighth finest known S-2. Our own grade opinion suggests that it is tied for the sixth finest. This example, discovered in England, was last publicly offered as lot 17 in Kagin's sale of May 1978. Our EAC grade AU50. Population for all Chain cents: 8 in 58; 19 finer (7/21).
    From The Collection of Mike Orlando.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 223F, Variety PCGS# 35435, Base PCGS# 1341)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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