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    1794 S-31 Head of 1794 Cent, MS62 Brown
    Chapman Plate Coin
    Ex: Garrett Collection

    1794 1C Head of 1794, S-31, B-13, R.1, AU55 Bland, AU55 Noyes; MS62 Brown PCGS Secure. Lovingly mottled chestnut and bluish-steel brown appears on the smooth obverse and reverse surfaces of this beautiful cent. Nearly full cartwheel luster remains on both sides. This well-centered cent is sharply struck with faint traces of faded mint red.

    Variety Equivalents: Maris 29, Frossard 18.1, Doughty 49, Hays 38, 39, Chapman 23.

    Obverse 11: Vertical Field Chips. This is the first appearance of the Marred Field obverse. A small curved die chip is always present behind the fourth and fifth curls, and that die chip enlarges during production of the variety. The lowest hair curl is doubled, a clearly visible diagnostic. This obverse is found on S-30 and S-31, and after alteration on S-38, S-39, S-40, and NC-2.

    Reverse I: Extremely Long Fraction Bar. The fraction bar is longer than on any other die, extending well left and right of the denominator. This reverse is found on S-31.

    Die State II: Both field chips in the left obverse are prominent on this example. Slight field roughness on the reverse results from die lapping to remove clash marks.

    Rarity and Census: Del Bland records two in MS61, four in MS60, one in AU58, and seven graded AU55 in his Condition Census. Therefore, this piece is one of seven that are tied for eighth finest known. Of the seven 55 grade coins, one is in the ANS Collection and three others have not been seen for more than 40 years. Bill Noyes grades the two finest examples as MS65, followed by an MS63, an MS60, and an AU55 in the ANS Collection. The Garrett-Boka specimen, also graded AU55, is listed as sixth finest of the variety in the Noyes census.

    Commentary: The obverse die has been lapped to remove clash marks. In the process the size of the date was diminished and the 1 no longer touches the hair, leading some to suggest it is a different obverse die from S-30. The obverse and reverse are illustrated in Chapman, and in Al Boka's Provenance Gallery.

    Boka Commentary: Pedigreed back to the 1880s and acquired by me 120 years later, this fabulous coin is just that; fabulous. One of my earliest 1794s and also one of my favorites.

    Biography: An active member of the Numismatic and Antiquarian Society of Philadelphia and a lifelong resident of that city, William J. Jenks purchased many coins at coin auctions in the 1860s. He was a pharmacist in Philadelphia who was born in March 1822 and died on October 21, 1904. Edward Cogan handled coins from his collection at auction in April 1877, with additional items sold by William Woodward in 1880, 1881, and 1883, and by John Haseltine in 1883.

    Provenance: William J. Jenks (W. Elliot Woodward #58, 6/1883), lot 471; T. Harrison Garrett (died 1888); Robert Garrett (1919); John Work Garrett (1942); Johns Hopkins University (Bowers and Ruddy, 11/1979), lot 63; Stanley J. Richmond; Dana Linett; Dr. George E. Ewing, Jr.; Eric Streiner; Dr. Robert J. Shalowitz; Jack H. Beymer; Chris Victor-McCawley (FPL#41, 9/1993); Dr. Thomas Turissini; Anthony Terranova and Chris Victor-McCawley (4/24/2000); Jon Alan Boka.
    From The Jon Alan Boka Collection of 1794 Large Cents.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 223P, Variety PCGS# 35558, Base PCGS# 901374)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

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