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    1794 S-29 Head of 1794 Cent, AU55
    Ex: Virgil Brand

    1794 1C Head of 1794, S-29, B-11, R.2, XF40 Bland, XF40 Noyes; AU55 PCGS Secure. This is a lovely coin that shows light brown color with hints of olive, and it is virtually defect-free. The devices display only the slightest rub over the highpoints, and the surfaces have a slightly granular effect from metal flow. An exceptional coin for the grade.

    Variety Equivalents: Maris 25, Frossard 11.2, 15, Doughty 38, Hays 24, Chapman 21.

    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 H: Extended Right Ribbon. The right ribbon ends in a long, nearly horizontal tail that nearly touches the border. That single feature is unmistakable and diagnostic. This reverse is found on S-29 and S-30.

    Die State IV: The obverse has several faint cracks in the left and right fields, and others at LIBERTY, with an extremely faint crack from the border to the bust through the left corner of the 4. The reverse is cracked through the R with heavy clash marks and a small die bulge left of the O in OF.

    Rarity and Census: This example is tied with five others for the 16th slot in Del Bland's Condition Census. The finest known example is housed in the ANS Collection.

    Commentary: An interesting reverse feature on this die is the so-called detached berry that is a tiny secondary berry just above the primary berry below AM in AMERICA. The present reverse die that appears on S-29 and S-30 is one of three reverse dies in the 1794 series that share that feature. The other dies are Reverse B of S-19, S-20, and S-21, and Reverse W, the S-49 Starred Reverse.

    Boka Commentary: I had to coax Tom Turissini out of this piece and everyone knows what sort of taste Tom has, as does a previous owner; Dr. Al Bennett.

    Biography: A U.S. Army communications specialist in the 1960s, Joseph Lepczyk of East Lansing, Michigan was a world coin dealer and auctioneer. He was born in Bay City, Michigan in 1940, and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Michigan State University. He was a life member of the Canadian Numismatic Association, and served on the board of governors of the Michigan State Numismatic Society. He was buried with full military honors at Arlington Cemetery, where he was laid to rest beside his father.

    Provenance: Virgil M. Brand; New Netherlands Coin Co., privately; Dr. William H. Sheldon; C. Douglas Smith; Ellen Enzler (Numismatic and Antiquarian Service Corporation of America, 12/1978), lot 2591; Ellen Enzler (Joseph Lepczyk #58, 7/1984), lot 58; Dr. Allen Bennett; Wes A. Rasmussen (Heritage Auctions, 1/2005), lot 3035; Dr. Thomas Turissini (4/22/2005); Jon Alan Boka.
    From The Jon Alan Boka Collection of 1794 Large Cents.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 223P, Variety PCGS# 35552, Base PCGS# 901374)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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