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    1793 S-6 Wreath Cent, MS66 Red and Brown
    The Finest Known Sprung Die
    One of the Five Finest 1793 Wreath Cents

    1793 1C Wreath Cent, Vine and Bars, S-6, B-7, R.3, MS66 Red and Brown PCGS. CAC. Breen Die State V with a prominent bulge in the left obverse field yielding the Sprung Die nickname for this variety. A die crack crosses much of the obverse, especially from the lower lip to the border, and another extends toward the brow from the border right of the Y in LIBERTY.

    Plated in U.S. Large Cents 1793-1814 by William C. Noyes (1991), and in color in United States Large Cents 1793-1794, also by Noyes (2006). This extraordinary cent exhibits considerable original orange mint color, and that alone is almost unheard of for a 1793 cent. The pristine bluish olive-brown surfaces are exceptionally attractive and free of blemishes. The strike is bold with excellent centering that shows full border beading, especially on the reverse. Bill Noyes grades this piece MS65 and Del Bland assigns the same grade. Our opinion is exactly the same. This is a remarkable cent, one of just two S-6 cents that Bill Noyes grades Mint State. Del Bland calls four examples MS60 or finer.

    In 1916, Henry Chapman wrote:

    "Uncirculated, proof surface; in fact, it would not be a stretch of the imagination to call this superb example a proof. Beautiful original red and light olive color. A magnificent cent. Evenly struck, sharp impressions."

    Just 13 years later, B. Max Mehl stretched the imagination in his fixed price list of the French Collection:

    "Red and olive PROOF. Undoubtedly one of the first cents struck of this year and variety, as it is unusually bold, practically perfectly centered, with beautiful iridescent red and olive surface. Not the slightest mark or touch of circulation to mar the beauty of this gem. Excessively rare and in this extraordinary state of preservation almost priceless."

    The Morgenthau cataloger, in 1933, corrected Mehl's opinion:

    "Uncirculated. Mostly original red color. A magnificent sharp impression, perfectly centered on both sides. A thrilling Cent just to look at, more thrilling to own. This is lot #5 from the French Collection, and worthy of everything said for it in that catalog, except that it is not a proof. We have no hesitancy in calling this 'The finest known.' Worth double what it can possibly bring today, and a coin that will pay rich dividends in the pride of ownership to the fortunate purchaser."

    In Early American Cents (1949) and Penny Whimsy (1958), Dr. Sheldon confused the pedigrees of the different Wreath cents, but graded this piece MS65 in 1949 and MS70 in 1958. Today's careful pedigree research conducted by Del Bland and Bill Noyes have straightened out the confusion of past generations, and we are certain that their reports are highly accurate. Assuming that this is the same Dr. French coin that Sheldon discussed, his grade for this piece was MS65 in 1949, and was raised to MS70 in 1958.

    Among all types and varieties of 1793 large cents, Bill Noyes grades 26 pieces MS60 or finer, and places this example in a tie for the second finest 1793 cent. Del Bland reports the survival of 36 Mint State 1793 large cents, and gives this single piece the second finest grade among those coins. PCGS has certified 58 1793 cent submissions in MS60 or finer grades. Among those, only five coins are numerically finer, and only one example has a finer color designation (7/15). The five finest 1793 Wreath cents of any variety are:

    1793 S-5 Wreath: SP68 Red PCGS; MS67 Noyes; MS67 Bland. Ex: Earle; Atwater; Naftzger.
    1793 S-6 Wreath: MS66 Red and Brown PCGS; MS65 Noyes; MS65 Bland. The present specimen.
    1793 S-8 Wreath: MS68 Brown PCGS; MS63 Noyes; MS63 Bland. Ex: Newcomb; Starr.
    1793 S-9 Wreath: MS67 Red and Brown PCGS; MS65 Noyes; MS63 Bland. Ex: Crosby; Pearl; Naftzger.
    1793 S-9 Wreath MS69 Brown PCGS; MS63 Noyes; MS60 Bland. Ex: Henderson; Sheldon; Naftzger.

    Ex: Clarence S. Bement (Henry Chapman, 5/1916), lot 288; Dr. George P. French (B. Max Mehl, 1929 FPL), lot 5; Henry A. Sternberg (J.C. Morgenthau & Co., 4/1933); B. Max Mehl Collection (1944); T. James Clarke (1950); Dr. William H. Sheldon (4/19/1972); R.E. Naftzger, Jr. (2/23/1992); Eric Streiner; Jay Parrino (The Mint); Bowers and Merena (1/1999), lot 1016; Heritage (11/2001), lot 5023; American Numismatic Rarities (7/2004), lot 7.
    Selections from The Liberty Collection, Part III.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 35451, Base PCGS# 1348)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

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