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    1793 Chain Cent, Choice XF
    Sheldon-2, AMERICA, No Periods
    Short-Lived, Single-Year Type

    1793 1C Chain, AMERICA, S-2, B-2, High R.4, XF45 PCGS. CAC. Breen Die State II. The Chain cents of 1793 rank among the most popular coins in early American numismatics. Their importance as the first regular copper coins struck for widespread circulation in this country is unmatched. Additionally, the controversial reverse design is unique to this first year of issue for the denomination. In fact, the very nature of the design, evocative of the institution of slavery rather than, as intended, the interlocking colonies, is what lead to its replacement so early on in the production run.

    The total recorded mintage for 1793 Chain cents was only 36,103 coins. The first group of coins were delivered to the Mint's cashier on March 1, though they may have been struck as early as February 22. Output continued through March 12 before production was halted. Five die pairs are known, one of which is considered uncollectible. It is believed the first two varieties constituted the delivery of March 1 (11,178 coins). This is an example of the Sheldon-2 variety. It shares the same obverse as Sheldon-1, with the date widely spaced, but the reverse differs, showing AMERICA fully spelled out. Examples of S-2 are scarcer than those of S-1.

    Definition is remarkably strong throughout this mahogany and chocolate-brown representative. The chain and legends on each side are razor-sharp, and Liberty's flowing locks show much better detail than usually seen. Choice XF surfaces exhibit few marks or rim bumps, and the overall appeal is terrific. A Chain cent in any grade is a prize, but this example is sure to stand out as a trophy in any advanced set, whether it be a specialized or general type collection. Our EAC grade VF35. Population: 11 in 45, 35 finer (7/21).

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

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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