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    1794 S-51 Head of 1794 Cent, VF35
    Ex: Dr. Wallace Lee Collection

    1794 1C Head of 1794, S-51, B-42, Low R.5, VF25 Bland, VF25 Noyes; VF35 PCGS Secure. Splashes of pale blue-steel toning appear on the chestnut-brown surfaces of this pleasing cent. The surfaces are smooth and hard with only a few trivial handling marks on each side.

    Variety Equivalents: Maris 47, Hays 10, Chapman 37.

    Obverse 23: Long, Doubled Locks. The second and fourth locks, counting from the bottom, are considerably longer than the other hair locks. The top two locks have upturned ends. This obverse is found only on S-51.

    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 1: Perfect dies without clash marks or die cracks. The reverse has been lapped with the lower portion of the left ribbon bow showing only traces of its former detail.

    Rarity and Census: The Low R.5 rating suggests that 60 to 75 examples survive in all grades. Fully one-third of those grade VF or XF, according to Del Bland's Condition Census. This piece is tied for the 13th position in the Bland census, although one of the finer examples has not been seen since the early 1950s, and another is part of the ANS Collection. Bill Noyes ranks this piece as the seventh finest S-51 cent.

    Commentary: Sheldon wrote that this variety "has been a cherished one among cent people" although he didn't state any reasoning for that statement.

    Boka Commentary: This cent is truly a joy to behold. A veritable eye-pleaser for the discriminating collector as is evidenced by the presence of Dr. Lee's name on the pedigree.

    Biography: Julius "Jules" Reiver was born in Wilmington, Delaware, on September 25, 1916, and died there on February 11, 2004. Reiver was a collector and researcher who formed an extensive collection of copper and silver coins by die variety, nearly completing collections in all denominations. He was a veteran of World War II, an engineer, and worked many years in the family carpet business. Reiver participated in the 1985 Coinage of the Americas Conference and published several variety reference guides, including the original late date cent reference that has revolutionized attribution of that series. Reiver discovered the 1797 NC-7 large cent variety. The Reiver Collection was sold by Heritage in 2006.

    Provenance: K.P. Austin; George Ramont; Julius "Jules" Reiver; James R. McGuigan (1/1997); Dr. Wallace Lee (Superior Galleries, 5/2003), lot 387; Jon Alan Boka.
    From The Jon Alan Boka Collection of 1794 Large Cents.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 223P, Variety PCGS# 35615, Base PCGS# 901374)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

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