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    1794 S-63 Fallen 4 Cent, AU53
    Chapman Plate Coin
    Ex: E.W. Ropes Collection

    1794 1C Head of 1794, S-63, B-37, R.2, XF45 Bland, VF35 Noyes; AU53 PCGS Secure. Lovely olive-brown surfaces exhibit a few splashes of chestnut and blue overtones on this glossy cent. A few minor scratches appear at the upper reverse through STATES.

    Variety Equivalents:
    Maris 20, Frossard 12, Doughty 41, Hays 32, Chapman 38.

    Obverse 31:
    Straight Date, High 9. The "Fallen 4." With the exception of two Head of 1793 obverse dies, this is the only 1794 obverse with a straight date. All others have the date curved. The 9 is high and leans slightly to the left, giving the appearance that the 4 is low, or has fallen. The obverse is found only on S-63.

    Reverse FF:
    Small Legend Letters. The legend letters are small with gaps between each. The fraction is low and the long fraction bar joins the right ribbon end. The denominator is crowded at the border. The reverse is found only on S-63.

    Die State II:
    The obverse has clash marks in the recessed area between the ear and temple, and others below the chin. The two die states of S-63 either lack or have those clash marks.

    Rarity and Census:
    A single Mint State piece ranks ahead of several AU grade pieces in Del Bland's Condition Census. Graded XF45, the Boka specimen ranks 12th in Bland's census. Bill Noyes places this piece in the 15th spot, tied with one other.

    Commentary:
    In Penny Whimsy, Sheldon described the S-63 Fallen 4 cent as: "one of the famous numismatic landmarks." The obverse and reverse are illustrated in Chapman.

    Boka Commentary:
    An ancient pedigree with too many gaps makes me wonder who is missing who should be on the listing and why they are not. A fabulous coin for the connoisseur.

    Biography:
    E. W. Ropes was a 19th century collector whose collection was sold by New York Coin and Stamp Company in two parts. Part I was sold in December 1893, including 150 large cents, and Part II was sold in February 1899, including 105 large cents. The highlight of the first sale was a 1795 S-80 Jefferson Head, and the highlight of the second part was a 1794 S-48 Starred Reverse cent. E.W. Ropes was probably Edward Wilkins Ropes, the son of Reuben and Maria Ropes, a New York City merchant who was born in Brooklyn on October 7, 1853, and died before 1910. His name appeared in the 1899 New York City Directory, residing at 11 East 64th Street.

    Provenance:
    E. W. Ropes (New York Coin & Stamp Co., 2/1899), lot 37; A.C. Gies (Stack's, FPL #14, 1/1942), lot 62; Byron F. Johnson, Jr. (Bowers and Merena, 1/1989), lot 89; Douglas F. Bird; Dr. Thomas Turissini (5/4/2006); Walter J. Husak (5/5/2006); Jon Alan Boka.
    From The Jon Alan Boka Collection of 1794 Large Cents.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 223P, Variety PCGS# 35651, Base PCGS# 901374)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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