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    1794 S-24 Cent, MS64 Brown
    The 'Apple Cheek' Variety
    Condition Census

    1794 1C Head of 1794, S-24, B-8, R.1, MS64 Brown NGC. CAC. Our EAC Grade AU58. This 1794 near-Gem Brown S-24 cent is a sharply detailed and well-centered impression with light brown surfaces showing frosty tan luster, faded from original mint red. The surfaces are smooth and mark-free, although slight friction is noted on the high points. A small planchet flake over the B of LIBERTY identifies this piece, which Bill Noyes described as having "flawless surfaces" in the 1989 EAC catalog.

    Variety: Liberty's deeply engraved cheek, appearing in high relief on the coin, was the namesake of the Apple Cheek variety, a title that originated with Dr. William H. Sheldon's father.

    Population Data (7/14): NGC has certified seven MS64 Brown, one MS64 Red and Brown, and nine finer 1794 large cents for all 65 die varieties.

    Heritage Commentary: The trivial friction on the high points of the hair and on the leaves accounts for our EAC grade of AU58. However, it is extremely tempting to call this lovely cent a full MS60 or finer. Del Bland grades this piece AU55 and tied for sixth finest known. Bill Noyes says MS60 and tied for fifth finest.

    Provenance: Allison W. Jackman (Henry Chapman, 6/1918), lot 696; Virgil M. Brand; later, R.E. Naftzger, Jr. (Abe Kosoff, 4/1956), lot 16; Stack's; Hollinbeck Kagin Coin Co.; ANA Sale (Federal Brand, 8/1964), lot 43; Hollinbeck Kagin Coin Co.; Kagin's (1/1981); Del Bland (5/13/1986); Herman Halpern (Stack's, 3/1988), lot 30; R.E. Naftzger, Jr.; EAC Sale (Cincinnati, 4/1989), lot 22; Anthony Terranova; Gilbert Steinberg (Superior, 10/1996), lot 1563; Anthony Terranova; John F.E. Carroll; Bowers and Merena (7/1997), lot 15. (NGC ID# 223P, Variety PCGS# 35537, Base PCGS# 901374)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2014
    27th Monday
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