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    1794 S-45 Head of 1794 Cent, VF Details
    Tied for Fourth Finest Known

    1794 1C Head of 1794, S-45, B-35, High R.5, VF25 Bland; VF Details - Tooled -- Genuine PCGS Secure. Countless light to moderate handling marks appear on both sides of this sharply detailed example, with tooling that diminished the appearance of others. The dark brown surfaces and underlying reddish-orange hues indicate that this piece was cleaned and recolored, although that work undoubtedly occurred several decades ago. Del Bland assigns a sharpness grade of VF35.

    Variety Equivalents:
    Maris 34, Frossard 20b, Doughty 54, Hays 47, Chapman 33.

    Obverse 20:
    Separated Hair Locks. The five hair locks on this obverse are markedly separated, with gaps between each, especially between the third and fourth locks. This obverse is found on S-45 and S-46.

    Reverse T:
    Lump Within Left Bow. The lump or "berry" inside the left ribbon bow is diagnostic for this reverse. A sliver out of the die between the right ribbon end and the final A in AMERICA is also distinctive. This reverse is found on S-45 and NC-5.

    Die State I:
    Both dies are perfect.

    Rarity and Census:
    A rare variety with a population of about 50 pieces in all grades. There are 40 examples recorded in Del Bland's Condition Census, grading from MS64 down to AG3. The present example is one of four pieces that Del Bland grades VF25, all tied for fourth finest known. One of the finer pieces is part of the ANS Collection.

    Commentary:
    This variety was rated R.5 in Sheldon's 1949 Early American Cents, and the rarity was increased to R.6 in his 1958 Penny Whimsy. The variety remains High R.5 today. The instantly recognized reverse is found only on S-45 and NC-5, a major rarity.

    Boka Commentary:
    I really wanted this coin to upgrade a lesser example. My good friend, and fellow 1794 buff, Mark Cadden, was sporting enough to pass it along; in trade of course. Now he will have another chance to own it.

    Biography:
    A retired chiropractor who operates a consulting business, Mark Cadden was born in 1953 and a native of Brooklyn, New York. A serious collector for 25 years, Cadden assembled the "Chiro" collection of Flying Eagle and Indian cents that was sold at auction in 2007 through Goldberg Coins. He began his large cent collection in 2001 and completed his set of 58 collectible 1794 cent varieties in 2014.

    Provenance:
    Chris Victor-McCawley (7/2013); Mark Cadden (12/15/2013); Jon Alan Boka.
    From The Jon Alan Boka Collection of 1794 Large Cents.


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