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    1794 S-18a Large Cent, VF20
    Head of 1793, Edge of 1793
    Third Finest Known

    1794 1C Head of 1793, Edge of 1793, S-18a, B-2a, Low R.6, Fine 12 Bland; Fine 12 Noyes; VF20 PCGS Secure. Numerous insignificant abrasions appear on each side of slightly rough, mottled olive and dark brown surfaces. The sharpness is slightly finer than the net grade. In 1973 the New Netherlands cataloger described this piece as: "Brown color with streaks of olive. There are a few pit marks and rim bruises on each side and some very small areas of granularity which really aren't disturbing to the naked eye."

    Variety Equivalents:
    Maris 52, Frossard 2.2, Doughty 20, 65, Hays 3, Chapman 3.

    Obverse 2:
    Curved Date, Double Chin. The obverse is found on S-18a, S-18b, S-19a, and S-19b. This die was polished before its first use. The shoulder loop is missing and the lower edge of the cap is broken. Liberty's hair locks are shallow and pointed.

    Reverse A:
    Blundered N in CENT. The reverse is common to S-17a, NC-4, S-18a, and S-18b. The N in CENT was inverted and then corrected, showing an extra serif at the lower right. The left branch has 14 leaves and eight berries, and the right branch has 18 leaves and seven berries. The lowest leaf pair on the left has a long stem that appears to cross the branch and join the top of the right ribbon above the knot.

    Edge:
    The Edge of 1793 has the leaf following DOLLAR pointing or curved down in relation to the letters.

    Die State II:
    A short die crack extends into the obverse field from the border at 7:45. Slight evidence of die polishing is noted on the reverse in the form of fragmented leaves at the lower right.

    Rarity and Census:
    This lovely cent is tied with one other as the third finest known according to Del Bland, and the second finest in collector's hands as the finest known example is part of the ANS collection. Bill Noyes concurs with the grade and census rank. Exactly 29 examples appear in Del Bland's Condition Census, and yet only nine of those grade better than AG3. The collector seeking a nice example of S-18a will be faced with quite a challenge.

    Commentary:
    The reverse is plated in Tom Morley's 1794 Large Cents Graded and Updated on page 41. The obverse and reverse are plated in Bill Noyes' United States Large Cents 1793-1794 that was published in 2006. Dr. Sheldon knew of just six or seven examples of S-18a in 1958, and we knew of 19 pieces when we cataloged this example in 2008. Since then, 10 more have been located, but those 10 are all in low grades

    Boka Commentary:
    So happy that I found the patience to hold out for this rarity. One of the last truly difficult "holes" to fill; I almost purchased a Poor-1 example which was not much more than a blank disk with edge devices legible and a trace of the reverse denticles to allow identification.

    Biography:
    A native of Northern Ireland, Henry C. Colvin (1858-1936) immigrated to the United States in 1873. He served as cashier and president of the National State Bank of Troy, New York, where he signed national bank notes under both positions. Later he served as president of the Troy Savings Bank, and treasurer of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he served as a trustee. He listed his occupation as a bank vice president in the 1930 Census. Colvin was married to Alice, and they were the parents of Allan and Margaret. He remarried late in life to Amy. Upon his death, Colvin's collection was given to his son who was also a trustee of RPI. French's, the Troy, New York coin auction company, handled much of the Colvin collection in the early 1960s.

    Provenance:
    Henry C. Colvin (French's, Sale #80 10/1962), lot 21; R.E. Naftzger, Jr. (New Netherlands Coin Co., 11/1973), lot 339; Del Bland (3/1976); Dr. Robert A. Schuman; Myles Z. Gerson; Del Bland (3/1984); Darwin B. Palmer, Jr.; Dr. George E. Ewing, Jr. (11/1993); Wes A. Rasmussen (Heritage Auctions, 1/2005), lot 3022; Walter J. Husak (Heritage Auctions, 2/2008), lot 2018; Jon Alan Boka.
    From The Jon Alan Boka Collection of 1794 Large Cents.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 223N, Variety PCGS# 35510, Base PCGS# 1362)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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