1793 Lettered Edge Wreath Cent, MS66 Brown
1793 1C Wreath Cent, Lettered Edge MS66 Brown NGC. S-11b, B-16b,
R.4. Toward the end of Wreath cent production in August 1793,
the Mint switched from the Vine and Bars edge to a Lettered Edge
reading ONE HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR. Two small leaves punctuated the
edge lettering on the S-11b cents, and a single leaf appeared on
the S-11c cents. The edge device was placed on the planchets before
they were struck. The first edge type, the Vine and Bars edge,
appeared on all Chain cents, and on all earlier Wreath cents. The
third edge appearing on S-11c, continued in use for all of the 1793
Liberty Cap cents.
The Finest Known S-11b Cent
When the die pair was initially placed into service, a number of planchets remained with the Vine and Bars edge device, and those were used first, while additional planchets were prepared with the Lettered Edge. Die states of the S-11b and S-11c cents indicate that planchets with both of those edge devices were mixed together before the coins were struck, as both sub-varieties are known in several die states ranging from perfect, to clashed, and lapped. This intermediate die state has prominent clash marks below the chin and around the bust, with faint clash marks on the reverse.
This exquisite cent is tied for the finest known 1793 S-11b Wreath cent, and ranks among the top Wreath cents of all varieties. Bill Noyes assigns a conservative grade of AU50, a slight reduction from his opinion of AU55 sharpness. He considers the coin second finest known behind another piece that is assigned the same sharpness and net grades. The condition census for S-11b drops quickly after these two pieces, with one XF example and nine VF coins following the two finest pieces. Among all 1793 Lettered Edge Wreath cents, this specimen is tied for fourth finest.
Both sides are satiny and fully lustrous with rich medium brown surfaces that show delicate blue patina around the devices. The fields are slightly reflective. The strike is exquisite and nicely centered. A shallow diagonal mark is noted on Liberty's cheek, and minor rim marks are evident outside the beaded border on the obverse. The reverse is flawless. Our EAC grade AU55.
Ex: Catherine Bullowa-Moore (Coinhunter, 12/2005), lot 371; Stack's (1/2009), lot 50; Heritage (8/2012), lot 5021.
Catherine (Elias) Bullowa-Moore, a native of Larchmont, New York, was born in 1919 and celebrates her 60th year in numismatics in 2012. She was a 1941 graduate of Connecticut College, and was married to numismatist David Marks Bullowa (1912-1953) in 1952, and he tragically died the next year. In 1959, she remarried Earl Moore (1912-2001). Mrs. Bullowa-Moore joined the ANA in 1953 where she is a life member and member of the Hall of Fame alongside her first husband, the only husband and wife duo to receive that honor. She is a charter member of the Professional Numismatists Guild, and a member of the ANS, Royal Numismatic Society, and many other organizations. She was appointed to the 1965 U.S. Assay Commission.(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 223J, PCGS# 1350)
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