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    1794 S-39 Head of 1794 Cent, XF Details
    Tied for Fourth Finest Known
    One of Only Three Remaining R.6 Sheldon Numbers

    1794 1C Head of 1794, S-39, B-27, Low R.6, VF30 Bland, VF20 Noyes; XF Details - Scratch - Genuine PCGS Secure. This splendid olive-brown cent exhibits glossy surfaces. A glass is required to see the few faint hairlines and scattered circulation marks that only slightly reduce the net grade.

    Variety Equivalents: Maris 49, Hays 40, Chapman 25.

    Obverse 17: Vertical Field Chips. This is the obverse die of S-30 and S-31, but it has been substantially altered prior to its current and subsequent uses. The most significant change is the lowest hair curl, that was doubled and is now single. The Marred Field combined with the standard low hair curl is diagnostic. This obverse is found on S-38, S-39, S-40, and NC-2, and in its earlier state on S-30 and S-31.

    Reverse N: Wide Ribbons, Leaf to Foot of T in CENT. The ribbon ends are spread far apart, or sprawled as Breen terms the appearance. The left leaf in the pair below the T in CENT points directly toward that letter. This reverse is found only on S-39.

    Die State II: An early Die State II example with an extremely faint crack left of the denominator. Light clash marks are evident on the obverse.

    Rarity and Census: George Clapp donated two examples to that ANS, and a third to the Carnegie Institute. Al Boka's coin is tied for the fourth finest known, but the finest is in the ANS Collection, so this piece is tied for the third best that is actually available to collectors. Bill Noyes grades this piece lower at VF20, but it is still recorded as seventh finest in his roster.

    Commentary: This is one of just three 1794 Sheldon numbers that remains rated R.6, alongside S-18a and S-37. Del Bland records 26 examples of S-39 in his Condition Census, ranging in grade from AU55 to Fair 2.

    Boka Commentary: I would give much to know the hidden pedigree secrets that this fantastic rarity holds. Someday a history of this copper may come to light but, in the meantime, she remains a mysterious beauty.

    Biography: W.M. "Jack" Wadlington is a retired commodities trader whose large cent collection, recently sold through Chris McCawley, was characterized by both completeness and quality. His collection was nearly complete by both Sheldon and Newcomb number, lacking only three unique late-date varieties. In addition, he acquired 33 of the Sheldon "NC" varieties. His additional collecting interests include Colonial coins and numismatic literature.

    Provenance: Chris Victor-McCawley (2/15/2001); W.M. "Jack" Wadlington (6/2005); Chris Victor-McCawley (7/25/2005); Walter J. Husak (10/27/2005); Jon Alan Boka.
    From The Jon Alan Boka Collection of 1794 Large Cents.

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