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    1794 S-25 Head of 1794 Cent, AU50
    Tied for Fifth Finest
    Ex: John W. Adams

    1794 1C Head of 1794, S-25, B-15, R.3, XF40 Bland, VF35 Noyes; AU50 PCGS Secure. Attractively mottled olive, chestnut, and steel-brown surfaces retain traces of cartwheel luster with extremely faded mint red clinging to the obverse. Scattered surface marks include small nicks in the hair and on the forehead behind the eye. This Hays coin has "H-16" inked on the edge in two places.

    Variety Equivalents: Maris 16, Frossard 10.2, Doughty 36, Hays 22, Chapman 17.

    Obverse 8: Periods at LI, Distant 79. The date is quite widely spaced with noticeable separation between the 7 and 9. The 9 appears to lean sharply to the left. There are two small "periods" at the base of the L and I in LIBERTY that are unique to obverse. The obverse die is found on S-25, S-26, NC-8, and NC-11.

    Reverse E: Repunched Ns. The N in ONE and the N in CENT are repunched on the top edge of their diagonals. A centering dot protrudes from the left upright of the N in CENT. The reverse is only found on S-25.

    Die State II: Single obverse and reverse clash marks, although those on the obverse are extremely faint.

    Rarity and Census: This piece is tied with an example in the ANS Collection for the fifth finest of the variety according to Del Bland's Condition Census. One of the finer examples has not been seen for more than 50 years. Bill Noyes considers this piece as the sixth finest, just behind the ANS specimen.

    Commentary: The obverse die appears on NC-8 and S-25 in its earlier incarnation, before heavy die lapping changed its appearance. Its reappearance on S-26 and NC-11 has large voids in the lower hair strands, with many of those hair details substantially incomplete.

    Boka Commentary: My "Separated Date" took a long time to find and comes with a pedigree which connects its owner with the distant 19th century collector W.W. Hays.

    Biography: A native of Chester County, Pennsylvania and a University of Virginia graduate, John Kraljevich resides in Fort Mill, South Carolina. He is a leading numismatic researcher and cataloger, and a numismatic advisor to several organizations including the Smithsonian Institution, Colonial Williamsburg, and Monticello. He is a columnist for Coin World and The Numismatist, and he is a contributor to the Guide Book of United States Coins and other numismatic publications. John was recently honored with the ANA Numismatist of the Year award for 2016.

    Provenance: William W. Hays (1900); Charles Steigerwalt (1906); Charles G. Zug (Lyman H. Low, 3/1907), lot 22; "Goebel"; whereabouts unknown; 1957 ANA (Federal Coin Exchange, 8/1957), lot 773; Robert J. Kissner (Stack's, 6/1975), lot 228; John W. Adams (Bowers and Ruddy Galleries, FPL 1982), lot 18; Denis W. Loring; Thomas D. Reynolds (personal collection); 2002 ANA (Superior, 8/2002), lot 211; Chris Victor-McCawley (1/9/2004); Daniel W. Holmes, Jr. (6/1/2007); McCawley & Grellman; David McCarthy; Kagin's (9/2007); John Kraljevich (2/14/2008); Walter J. Husak (5/9/2008); Jon Alan Boka.
    From The Jon Alan Boka Collection of 1794 Large Cents.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 223P, Variety PCGS# 35540, Base PCGS# 901374)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2016
    7th-11th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 19
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    17.5% of the successful bid (minimum $19) per lot.

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