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    1794 S-61 Head of 1794 Cent, AU58
    Tied for Fifth Finest Known
    Ex: Ebenezer Gilbert Collection

    1794 1C Head of 1794, S-61, B-53, R.4, AU50 Bland, XF45 Noyes; AU58 PCGS Secure. Aside from a faint scratch on the neck and a few scattered handling marks on each side, this chocolate-brown cent with its delicate blue overtones is absolutely lovely. A slight rim scrape at 10:30 is the only other impairment on either side. The strike is bold and nicely centered.

    Variety Equivalents:
    Maris 24, Frossard 14.2, Doughty 22, Hays 36, Chapman 42.

    Obverse 29:
    Large, Angular Forelock. The forelock has a large, angular appearance, and the R in LIBERTY nearly sits on that lock. The date is high in the field. The 1 touches the hair and the 4 appears to touch the bust. The obverse is found on S-60 and S-61.

    Reverse EE:
    Short Right Stem. The right stem is short and angles away from the ribbon end. The top inside berry in the left branch droops and a leaf tip supports its stem. The second 0 in 100 is high, nearly touching the fraction bar. The reverse is found on S-61 and S-62.

    Die State III:
    Both sides have heavy clash marks but there is no trace of the late die state cracks on the reverse.

    Rarity and Census:
    The Gilbert coin is tied for the fifth finest known S-61 cent, according to Del Bland's Condition Census. There are two Mint State coins and two others that grade AU55. Bill Noyes assigns an XF45 grade, ranking this piece sixth in his census.

    Commentary:
    Despite the moderate rarity of this variety, there are quite a number of high grade pieces known today, including two Mint State coins and five that grade AU55 or AU50. The obverse and reverse are illustrated in Elder-Gilbert, Chapman, and Al Boka's Provenance Gallery.

    Boka Commentary:
    I am running out of superlatives to describe these cents. This coin is a "knock your socks off" type of 1794. Notice the long list of those who must have gone sockless in the past.

    Biography:
    Henry Clay Miller was born in Philadelphia on May 19, 1844, and died February 6, 1920. A graduate of Williams College in 1917, he was a teacher and school administrator. In numismatics, he was best known for his pioneering effort in the field of Connecticut coppers, and his attribution numbers are still in use today. Miller wrote The State Coinage of Connecticut, published in 1919 by the ANS. He also collected large cents and other coins, sold by Thomas Elder in April 1917 and May 1920.

    Provenance:
    Ebenezer Gilbert (Thomas Elder #44,10/1910), lot 36; H.O. Granberg; William H. Woodin (United States Coin Co., 5/1915), lot 121; Henry C. Miller (United States Coin Co., 12/1917), lot 4150; Dr. George P. French (B. Max Mehl, 1929 FPL), lot 60; T. James Clarke (1944); Dr. William H. Sheldon; Norman Stack Collection (Auction '88, Stack's, 7/1988), lot 1013; Denis W. Loring; Roy Rauch; Tom Morley (Superior Galleries, 5/1992), lot 441; Robinson S. Brown, Jr. (Superior, 1/1996), lot 87; Walter J. Husak (6/13/1999); Anthony Terranova and Chris Victor-McCawley; Chris Victor-McCawley; W.M. "Jack" Wadlington (7/2005); Chris Victor-McCawley (7/25/2005); Jon Alan Boka.
    From The Jon Alan Boka Collection of 1794 Large Cents.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 223P, Variety PCGS# 35645, Base PCGS# 901374)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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