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    1794 S-27 Head of 1794 Cent, VF Details
    Ex: Wes Rasmussen Collection
    The Elusive Egeria

    1794 1C Head of 1794, S-27, B-9, R.5, VF20 Bland, VF20 Noyes; VF Details -- Scratch -- PCGS Genuine Secure. The medium brown surfaces have a light accent of steel-gray over the highpoints of the devices. The defects are limited to a couple of shallow scratches, one angling across the back portion of Liberty's cheek and the other actually a pair of scratches behind the cap.

    Variety Equivalents:
    Maris 48, Frossard 28, Doughty 61, Hays 25, Chapman 19.

    Obverse 9:
    Buckled Obverse. Known as the Buckled Obverse, this die is usually recognized by a bulge from the rim at 3 o'clock to the chin, although that feature is not visible on the present piece. The obverse is found only on S-27.

    Reverse G:
    Single Leaves Below MERI. A single leaf is separated from the wreath stem below ME and another single leaf overlaps the stem below RI, that latter feature diagnostic for this reverse die. The reverse is found on S-27 and S-28.

    Die State II:
    Although the buckling in the right obverse field is invisible, the additional bulging from the left obverse rim to the fifth hair curl is faintly visible.

    Rarity and Census:
    This is quite a challenging variety in any grade, with only 14 pieces in Del Bland's Census grading better than Very Good. This VF20 example is tied for the eighth finest in Bland's lineup. Bill Noyes grades just nine pieces better than VG, and ranks this example as the Sixth finest in his Condition Census. The total population in all grades is likely less than 50 pieces.

    Commentary:
    Called the Egeria obverse by Maris, so named after the elusive and secretive wife of the legendary King Numa of Rome--perhaps (according to Dr. Sheldon) because this variety was difficult to find in good condition.

    Boka Commentary:
    The "Egeria" is very difficult to find this nice and this one will definitely be a nice addition for the lucky winner.

    Biography:
    Thomas E. Werner was the general chairman of the 1969 ANA Convention in Philadelphia. Werner was a coin dealer based in West Chester, Pennsylvania who was active in the 1960s and 1970s. He was also an active member of the Philadelphia Coin Club.

    Provenance:
    Purchased unattributed on 10/21/1972 from Thomas E. Werner by Darwin B. Palmer, Jr.; Dr. Robert J. Shalowitz (8/4/1973); C. Douglas Smith (11/1973); Del Bland (11/6/1982); Jack H. Beymer; Jack H. Robinson (8/1983); Wes A. Rasmussen (Heritage Auctions, 1/2005), lot 3033; Jon Alan Boka.
    From The Jon Alan Boka Collection of 1794 Large Cents.


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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2016
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