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    1794 S-28 Head of 1794 Cent, AU58
    Ex: Anderson Dupont Sale
    Tied for the Eighth Finest Known

    1794 1C Head of 1794, S-28, B-10, R.2, AU50 Bland; AU58 PCGS Secure. An exceptionally pleasing 1794 cent. Struck on a tight, smooth planchet that shows almost no porosity. Just a couple of isolated areas of verdigris are seen around the margin of the reverse. The striking details are exceptionally strong on the obverse with only minor weakness on the reverse. A small mark is located near the obverse rim at 3:30, and there is a tiny dig over the R in AMERICA on the reverse.

    Variety Equivalents: Maris 17, Frossard 11.1, Doughty 37, Hays 23, Chapman 20.

    Obverse 10: Five Vertical Locks. The tips of five locks, 3 through 6, and 8, counting from the bottom, form a vertical line. LIBERTY is high above the portrait. This obverse is found on S-28 and S-29.

    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 IV: Short obverse die cracks from the rim to the top of the cap, from the rim at 4:30 into the field, and faintly from the cap to the base of the L.

    Rarity and Census: This piece is tied with six others for the eighth finest known in Del Bland's Condition Census. One of the other AU50 examples is in the ANS Collection, and the finest known is also housed at the ANS.

    Commentary: The fine or delicate treatment of the hair led Maris to name this the Ornate variety, and as Sheldon wrote, the obverse deserves the name.

    Boka Commentary: What more can I say of this copper except "Wow?" A truly eye-pleasing cent with fantastic color.

    Biography: Sacramento, California collector Glen Wallace applied for membership in the American Numismatic Association in 1954. He reported that large cents were his collecting interest. His ANA membership application recorded his address as 1116 8th St., Sacramento. The 1955 Sacramento City Directory identifies Glen E. Wallace as the manager of the Busy Bee Parking Lot, residing at 1080 Castle Drive. The Busy Bee Parking Lot appears in that same directory at 1116 8th St.

    Provenance: Charles J. Dupont (Stack's, 9/1954), lot 37; Abe Kosoff; Glen E. Wallace (1974); Abe Kosoff; Rare Coin Company of America (5/1974), lot 804; Gordon J. Wrubel; Dr. David Crossen; Dana Linett; Dr. George E. Ewing, Jr.; unknown; Heritage Auctions (4/2006), lot 241; Chris Victor-McCawley (5/5/2006); Jon Alan Boka.
    From The Jon Alan Boka Collection of 1794 Large Cents.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 223P, Variety PCGS# 35549, Base PCGS# 901374)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

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    September, 2016
    7th-11th Wednesday-Sunday
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