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    1794 S-32 Head of 1794 Cent, XF45
    Ex: Jack Robinson
    Terminal Die State

    1794 1C Head of 1794, S-32, B-18, R.2, VF35 Bland, VF35 Noyes; XF45 PCGS Secure. Pleasing medium brown surfaces show myriad marks on both sides that the Jack Robinson cataloger described as "keg marks." Somewhat unevenly struck, and that is typical for most examples of the variety.

    Variety Equivalents:
    Maris 18, Frossard 25.1, Doughty 39, Hays 26, Chapman 11.

    Obverse 13:
    Upturned Locks. The fourth and sixth hair locks, counting from the bottom, are turned upward, and between the, the fifth hair lock is doubled. Except for the earliest die states of S-32, the rim break over LI immediately identifies the obverse. This obverse is found on S-32, S-33, and S-34.

    Reverse J:
    Incomplete Leaves. This reverse is found on S-32 and NC-11.

    Die State V:
    The obverse has a rim break over LI. The reverse is extraordinary with a heavy die crack through the first S in STATES to the wreath, ending in a light bulge at ON. There are seven sets of clash marks at the upper left reverse with one of the dies rotating between clashing events. An additional unrecorded die crack angles down from the top of the first crack through TA in STATES to the wreath.

    Rarity and Census:
    Tied with several others for 10th finest known in Del Bland's Condition Census, but availability is just as important as census rank. The finer pieces include one in the ANS Collection and at least four others that are held by long-term collectors, unlikely to become available anytime soon. Bill Noyes lists this piece alone in ninth place in his Condition Census, assigning an Average Plus surface quality.

    Commentary:
    This variety continues to be an enigma for collectors. It is one of the most plentiful 1794 varieties, yet high grade pieces are almost never encountered. Two Mint State examples and four AU grade pieces are at the top of Del Bland's Condition Census. Those are followed by just one XF45 example and two graded XF40.

    Boka Commentary:
    This "Venus Marina" deserves her name adopted from the Roman goddess of love and beauty. This coin is both beautiful and easy to love.

    Biography:
    A retired radiologist living in Pennsylvania, Dr. Robert A. Schuman is a Baltimore native who was born in 1945. He began collecting at age 10 and worked from Thomas Warfield's Mason-Dixon Coin Exchange from 1958 to 1963. It was there that he learned to attribute, appreciate, and cherish the early coppers, especially 1794 large cents. At the 1971 Masters sale, Schuman was the only one who noticed that the "S-18b" was actually misattributed, and he purchased the coin that to this day is tied for the finest known S-19b. Today, Schuman is an active collector of Hard Times tokens.

    Provenance:
    From England; Frederick G. "Fritz" Weber; C. Douglas Smith; Del Bland (11/1973); Dr. Robert A. Schuman (3/1976); Denis W. Loring (5/7/1983); Jack H. Robinson (Superior Galleries, 1/1989), lot 53; Daniel W. Holmes, Jr. (7/2005); Chris Victor-McCawley (7/25/2005); Jon Alan Boka.
    From The Jon Alan Boka Collection of 1794 Large Cents.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 223P, Variety PCGS# 35561, Base PCGS# 901374)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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