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    1794 S-49 Head of 1794 Cent, XF45
    Tied for Third Finest Known

    1794 1C Head of 1794, S-49, B-41, R.2, XF40 Bland, VF30 Noyes; XF45 PCGS Secure. The obverse has splendid bluish olive-brown, tan, and maroon surfaces. The reverse is primarily chestnut and steel with a few maroon splashes. Both sides are smooth and attractive. The obverse has a few trivial marks and the reverse has minor verdigris that may be removable with careful conservation.

    Variety Equivalents: Maris 5, Frossard 4, Doughty 23, Hays 7, Chapman 31.

    Obverse 21: Doubled Dentil Left of 1. A Short Bust obverse with a gap between the shoulder and hair, and no shoulder loop. The 7 and 9 are much closer than the other digits. A doubled dentil is just left of the 1. This obverse is found on S-47, S-48, S-49, and NC-9.

    Reverse X: Closed Wreath. The left and right terminal leaves are joined below the E in STATES, closing the wreath at its top, and that feature is diagnostic. The right ribbon end hangs down, nearly touching the fraction bar and the final 0 in 100. This reverse is found on S-49, S-50, S-51, S-52, S-53, and S-54.

    Die State I: Faint clash marks are visible on the obverse only. Breen reports that this early die state also has faint reverse clash marks, but none are visible.

    Rarity and Census: A single Mint State piece and another graded AU50 hold the top two spots in Del Bland's Condition Census. The next eight, including this example and three in the ANS Collection, all grade XF40, and they are tied for third finest.

    Commentary: There are four different reverse dies that Walter Breen calls "office boy" dies, along with one obverse die that he groups with the others. He attributes all five dies to Robert Scot's assistant, Frederick Riche. Riche worked for Robert Scot in the engraving department in June 1794, earning $1 per day. Riche was paid $18 that month for 18 days' work. The obverse die is identified as S-63, and the other three reverse dies appear on NC-9, S-55, and S-56.

    Boka Commentary: A truly eye-worthy cent which is a joy to behold; she will greatly enhance anyone's collection as she did to both mine and that of the legendary Dan Holmes before me.

    Biography: Ira and Larry Goldberg started Goldberg Coins and Collectibles after their former firm, Superior, was sold to A-Mark. Goldberg Coins has handled several important rarities and collections, continuing to operate today, conducting more than 90 individual auctions since its beginning in 1999.

    Provenance: Bertram M. Cohen (8/24/1990); Del Bland; Chris Victor-McCawley; Dr. Robert J. Shalowitz; Robert C. Clark (2000 ANA, Bowers and Merena), lot 236; W.M. "Jack" Wadlington (6/30/2005 via Chris Victor-McCawley & Robert Grellman); Daniel W. Holmes, Jr. (Goldberg Coins 9/6/2009), lot 80; Jon Alan Boka.
    From The Jon Alan Boka Collection of 1794 Large Cents.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 35609, Base PCGS# 901374)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Info

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