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    1794 S-20 Head of 1793 Cent, VF25
    Tied for Third Finest
    Ex: Ebenezer Gilbert

    1794 1C Head of 1793, Edge of 1794, S-20, B-4b, High R.4, VF25 Bland, VF20 Noyes; VF25 PCGS Secure. The glossy olive and chestnut-brown surfaces easily trump the ancient scratches on the obverse of this lovely cent. A few additional scratches are blended into the reverse surface, and both sides show slight verdigris and corrosion.

    Variety Equivalents:
    Maris 1, Frossard 1, Doughty 18, Hays 1, Chapman 1.

    Obverse 3:
    Close, Straight Date. There are only three obverse dies that have the date entered straight, rather than curved. Those dies were used on S-17, S-20, and S-63, and each has a distinctive appearance. The obverse is common to the sub-varieties, NC-7 and S-20.

    Reverse B:
    Doubled Berry at AM. This reverse is found on S-19a, S-19b, S-20, NC-7, and S-21. An extra berry is isolated in the field directly over the berry below AM in AMERICA. The heavy, extended dentils are very close to the tops of the legend letters. The stems and ribbon ends are long and closely spaced.

    The Edge of 1794 has the leaf following DOLLAR pointing or curved up in relation to the letters.

    Die State II:
    An extremely faint die bulge appears in the right obverse field from the rim to the chin.

    Rarity and Census:
    This piece occupies the third position in Del Bland's Condition Census where it is tied with five others. The finest known example is in the ANS Collection. Bill Noyes grades the piece slightly lower and considers it to be the seventh finest.

    Homer K. Downing found a unique way to identified his Lettered Edge large cents, filling the H and final D in the word HUNDRED with yellow India ink. Such coins are highly prized by the early cent collectors, including Al Boka who obtained three of the Downing cents. The obverse is illustrated in Elder-Gilbert, and in Morley. The obverse and reverse are illustrated in Al Boka's Provenance Gallery.

    Boka Commentary:
    One fine day in 2002, completely unexpected, I received a call from Wes Rasmussen who asked if I would like to trade my Herman Halpern S-20, plus some cash, for his Gilbert example. We met at a nearby Starbuck's and the deal was quickly settled. The Halpern coin was included in his 2005 Heritage sale.

    Eugene Exman was born in Ohio in 1900, and he was a charter member of EAC. He was a friend of Dr. Sheldon, and as a vice-president with Harper & Rowe, he assisted Sheldon in the publication of Early American Cents and Penny Whimsy. Exman formed an extensive collection of large cents including many 1794s. The collection remained intact for 40 years after his 1975 death, and was sold through Heritage Auctions in June 2015.

    Ebenezer Gilbert (Thomas Elder #44, 10/1910, lot 1; H.O. Granberg; William H. Woodin (United States Coin Co., 5/1915), lot 83; Howard R. Newcomb (J.C. Morgenthau & Co. #458, 2/1945), lot 18; James Kelly (FPL#21, 1945); Homer K. Downing; 1952 ANA (New Netherlands Coin Co., 8/1952), lot 1632; Dr. William H. Sheldon; Eugene Exman (8/14/1972); Dorothy I. Paschal (3/1977); Del Bland; Dr. Edward R. Bush (1977); Darwin B. Palmer, Jr. (8/1996); Wes A. Rasmussen (2/27/2002); Jon Alan Boka.
    From The Jon Alan Boka Collection of 1794 Large Cents.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 223N, Variety PCGS# 35522, Base PCGS# 1362)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2016
    7th-11th Wednesday-Sunday
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