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    1794 S-35 Head of 1794 Cent, AU50
    Tied for Second Finest Known
    The Finest Available
    Ex: Walter J. Husak Collection

    1794 1C Head of 1794, S-35, B-21, R.5, VF35 Bland, VF30 Noyes; AU50 PCGS Secure. Glossy olive and medium brown with minor nicks on the cheek and a few other small marks on each side. An attractive and desirable example.

    Variety Equivalents: Maris 53, Frossard 21, Hays 29, Chapman 28.

    Obverse 14: 1 and 9 Touch Border. The lowest hair lock is delicate, more-so than on any other 1794 obverse die. The shoulder loop has a similar delicate treatment. This obverse is found only on S-35.

    Reverse L: Single Berry, Leaf to Final A. There is only one berry left of the ribbon bow, a feature of this die and the next (S-36, 37, and 38). All other 1794 varieties have two berries at that location. The lowest leaf on the right is below the left corner of the final A in AMERICA. This reverse is found on S-34, S-35, and NC-1.

    Die State VIII. The latest die state with heavy obverse die cracks, especially through right side of E to Liberty's hair, reaching the lower border between 9 and 4, a second crack through the Liberty cap, and a die chip below Liberty's ear. Another faint crack connects the lower corner of the cap to the lower hair locks and the shoulder loop. The reverse has light clash marks, as always. Probably the terminal die state for the variety, explaining its rarity. Undoubtedly one of the last coins produced by the obverse die.

    Rarity and Census: Three of the five finest examples recorded in Del Bland's Condition Census are held in the ANS Collection. This piece is the finest available to collectors, and the second finest overall. There are only three others in collector's hands that grade better than Fine. Bill Noyes grades two examples VF30, assigning a rating of Average Plus to this example, standing alone as third finest in his Condition Census.

    Commentary: The S-35 was discovered by Ed. Frossard, who located the first known example in the collection of George Merritt. It is sometimes called the Frossard Variety. The Maris number above was assigned after its discovery, nearly a decade after publication of the Maris books. The obverse is illustrated in Noyes.

    Boka Commentary: As far as exotic obverse die states are concerned this gem rarity is at the top of the desirability listings. This piece is absolutely one of the 1794s I most enjoy looking at.

    Biography: Michigan native Thomas Morley operated an advertising agency in Cocoa Beach, Florida. An avid collector of large cents, especially those of 1794, Morley was the author of 1794 Large Cents Graded and Updated that was published in 1979. His first collection was sold in December 1975 by Cape Kennedy Medals and his second collection was handled by Superior in June 1992. Morley was born in 1936 and died in 2000.

    Provenance: Discovered in an Australian collection; Empire Coins (6/1965); Dorothy I. Paschal; Dr. William H. Sheldon (4/19/1972); R.E. Naftzger, Jr. (2/1992); Eric Streiner (1/1993); Tom Morley (10/1993); Dr. Robert A. Schuman (4/1995); Dr. Allen Bennett (1/2001); Walter J. Husak (Heritage Auctions, 2/2008), lot 2037; Jon Alan Boka.
    From The Jon Alan Boka Collection of 1794 Large Cents.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 223P, Variety PCGS# 35570, Base PCGS# 901374)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2016
    7th-11th Wednesday-Sunday
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