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    1794 S-24, B-8 Cent, MS67 Red and Brown
    Head of 1794
    Sheldon's Apple Cheek
    The Finest Known S-24 Cent

    1794 1C Head of 1794, S-24, B-8, R.1, MS67 Red and Brown PCGS Secure. Many of the high grade 1794 large cents surviving today are from the Lord St. Oswald sale of 1964, with the coins repatriated after 170 years in England. However, this Superb Gem survived through other channels, and has been carefully handled since the day it was made. Bill Noyes grades this piece MS65, and the combination of orange mint luster and blue overtones on the frosty and lustrous brown surfaces provide exceptional eye appeal. Del Bland assigns a conservative MS63 grade per EAC standards. This lovely example is the finest known in both lists. The only comparable pieces are the Eliasberg and Garrett coins.

    A later die state, Breen's Die State V, this amazing cent has delicate die rust on both sides, with a bisecting obverse crack through the L in LIBERTY to the rim right of the 4 that disappears at the center of the die. The spectacular quality of this piece is magnified when Walter Breen's comments are considered:

    "Evidently [Robert] Scot deepened the cheek more than usual, and engraved the hair to match. Coins so made would look worn even when new, with ONE CENT weak or even illegible. The only answer: grind down and repolish the obverse. This explains the delicacy of the lowest lock, the fine sharp points on the rest, and the ear-shaped hollow in the hair."

    In Penny Whimsy, Sheldon specifically identified this coin and one other as the two finest known pieces: "The Proskey-Hines piece [this example] and the Wurtzbach-Mathewson coin are both MS65--numismatic gems in almost full mint brilliance." The Wurtzbach-Mathewson coin is unidentified today.

    Past owners of this piece include Lincoln Taft Seagrave of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He was born on November 5, 1861, and died on April 23, 1921. Seagrave was married to Agnes Ploettner in 1888, and they were the parents of Frank Raymond Seagrave. The 1900 Federal Census identifies Seagrave as a bank secretary who lived at 48 Grove Street in Pawtucket. His father, George Seagrave was a 19th century manufacturer of woolen products. According to the 1903 Chapman catalog, Seagrave was leaving the numismatic hobby to pursue other interests. He was a director of the Mercantile Trust Company in Providence. His ancestors settled in Massachusetts in the middle 17th century.

    Allison W. Jackman was born in Pennsylvania in February 1849, and resided in Poughkeepsie, New York. He died at Barnstable, Massachusetts on October 23, 1917, and Henry Chapman sold his life-long collection eight months later. He was a bachelor who devoted his life to study of numismatics and other endeavors. There is no record of any profession. Jackman was a member of the American Numismatic Society during the term of President Andrew Zabriskie. Our EAC grade MS65.
    Ex: Lincoln Seagrave (Chapman Brothers, 2/1903), lot 1197; Allison W. Jackman (Henry Chapman, 6/1918), lot 695; Henry Chapman; Henry C. Hines; Dr. William H. Sheldon (4/19/1972); R.E. Naftzger, Jr. (2/23/1992); Eric Streiner; Jay Parrino (The Mint); Superior (5/2003), lot 365; Oliver Jung (American Numismatic Rarities, 7/2004), lot 8.
    From The Collection of Oliver Jung.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 35538, Base PCGS# 901375)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

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