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    1794 S-58 Head of 1794 Cent, MS62 Brown
    The Finest Known Example

    1794 1C Head of 1794, S-58, B-56, R.3, MS60 Bland; MS62 Brown PCGS Secure. Both sides of this specimen exhibit intermingled chestnut-brown and deeper steel with full cartwheel luster. The strike is typically blunt on the reverse. Traces of lighter tan mint frost remain around the devices. A few trivial surface marks are noted on each side, none of any consequence.

    Variety Equivalents: Maris 40, Frossard 7.2, Doughty 60, Hays 16, Chapman 39.

    Obverse 28: Wide, Low Date. The date is widely spaced and low, close to the border. The tail of the 7 points between two dentils and nearly touches both. The obverse is found on S-58 and S-59.

    Reverse BB: Fraction Bar Skewed Right. The fraction bar is shifted to the right and begins over the right corner of the 1, ending over the right side of the second 0. The short right stem end is close to the ribbon. The reverse is found only on S-58.

    Die State I: Perfect dies with no evidence of die cracks or clash marks.

    Rarity and Census: This example, a recent appearance in the Condition Census, is the only one that Del Bland grades Mint State, and it is alone as the finest known Sheldon-58 cent. A single AU55 and a small number of XF coins follow in Bland's census.

    Commentary: In 1949, Sheldon wrote about this variety: "Usually has a rich, dark color, and often prized because of the thick planchet, on which it is nearly always well centered. Not rare, but difficult to find in first-rate condition."

    Boka Commentary: This unbelievable beauty has no known pedigree but is the finest known example of the variety. I would give almost anything to know the secrets that only Miss Liberty knows for sure; where she has been since her birth in Philadelphia in 1794?

    Biography: Dr. Warren Lapp and Herbert Silberman were the driving forces during the early days of the Early American Coppers Club. Silberman (1916-2001) was the founder of the organization after placing a small notice in his classified ad that appeared in the November 9, 1966 issue of Coin World. He served as the first president of the club from 1967 to 1977. Lapp (1915-1993) created Penny-Wise and served as the first editor from September 15, 1967 until March 15, 1986.

    Provenance: Consignor inherited this coin from a great-uncle who had purchased it in the 1950s; Heritage Galleries (9/2011), lot 3006; Jon Alan Boka.
    From The Jon Alan Boka Collection of 1794 Large Cents.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 223P, Variety PCGS# 35636, Base PCGS# 901374)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

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