1793 S-13, B-20 Liberty Cap Cent, VF30
    Ideal for Date Collectors

    1793 1C Liberty Cap VF30 PCGS. S-13, B-20, High R.3. Our EAC Grade Fine 15. Ex: Hesselgesser. Dr. Robert Hesselgesser is best known for his collecting interest in early silver dollars, but his numismatic interests are far-ranging, including collections of large cents and Saint-Gaudens double eagles. This lovely Liberty Cap cent combines olive and steel-brown surfaces with splashes of golden-tan. Minor surface marks are consistent with the grade, and they are mostly blended into their surroundings and unobjectionable. A single scrape is noted behind the cap. Some loose and removable dirt adheres to the reverse of this example. Both sides have complete border beads, the reverse having wide outer margins. This piece has the sharpness of VF20, and was graded net VF20 in the Hesselgesser catalog.

    Breen Die State I. Perfect dies without the late state die bulge above the ribbon bow.

    Commentary. The three rare dates of the early series are 1793, 1799, and 1804. The 1793 cents are further divided into the three major types, Chain, Wreath, and Liberty Cap. Of the latter, only 11,056 examples were minted, from six different die pairs. The most plentiful of those is the Sheldon-13, with a population estimated between 250 and 350 coins. That total represents roughly 65% of all known Liberty Cap cents. This variety is the ideal candidate for date collectors who seek a single representative of the 1793 Liberty Cap cents, or for type collectors who prefer first-year-of-issue coins.

    Market Notes. Equal or finer examples of the 1793 Liberty Cap cent appear at auction about once a year, and usually only when major collections such as the Mervis Collection are dispersed. For all varieties, PCGS has certified three examples in VF30, and 20 finer, including just two Mint State pieces (11/13). As always, those population figures must be taken with a grain of salt, as resubmissions of a lesser number of pieces is likely the case.

    Provenance. Dr. Robert Hesselgesser (Goldberg Coins, 2/2007), lot 257; Bowers and Merena (8/2009), lot 139.
    From The Adam Mervis Large Cent Collection.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 223L, PCGS# 1359)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

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