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    1793 S-14, B-17 Liberty Cap Cent, VF35
    Famous Bisecting Crack
    The Eighth Finest Known

    1793 1C Liberty Cap, S-14, B-17, Low R.5, VF35 PCGS Secure. Breen Die State II with faint evidence of clash marks at Liberty's throat. This is the famous Bisecting Crack variety with a nearly vertical die crack from the top border through the E of LIBERTY to the top of Liberty's head, the ear, and the bust, grazing the right side of the 3 to the lower border. This die crack is constant on all 65 or so known examples.

    The constant die crack suggests that the physical obverse die cracked during the hardening process before the die was used for actual coin production. That hardening process also stabilized the die crack throughout the usable life of the die. It is unknown if the die was merely retired once additional obverse dies were prepared, or if it shattered and completely fell apart at a stage in production.

    There are six known die pairs of 1793 Liberty Cap cents that were employed to coin 11,056 cents. The four obverse dies and two reverse dies were prepared in late August or early September, and the entire mintage was delivered from Chief Coin Henry Voigt on Wednesday, September 18, the coldest day of the month. The engraver of these dies, Joseph Wright, died the previous week on September 13, 1793. It was a pleasant day with fair skies, the temperature recorded at 57 degrees in the morning and 72 degrees that afternoon. Wright was just 37 years old. His wife, the former Sarah Vandervoort, also succumbed to yellow fever that month.

    This reddish-steel brown cent has slightly glossy surfaces with a few trivial marks, and microscopic corrosion that is only apparent with a glass. The surfaces are pleasing and the strike is exceptionally well centered. Graded VF30 in the 1970s, this piece carries a grade of VF30 in the Bland Census and VF25 in the Noyes Census. Both record-keepers consider this example the eighth finest of the variety. Our EAC grade VF25.
    Ex: Henry C. Miller (Thomas L. Elder, 4/1917), lot 644; Henry C. Hines; Dr. William H. Sheldon; Sheraton Coin Co.; Dr. William H. Sheldon (4/19/1972); R.E. Naftzger, Jr. (New Netherlands, 11/1973), lot 336; First Coinvestors; Pine Tree Auctions (2/1975), lot 599; William R.T. Smith; Jack H. Beymer; Albert Ault; Alfred K. Nippert, Jr.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 223L, Variety PCGS# 35492, Base PCGS# 1359)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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