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    1794 S-64 Missing Fraction Bar Cent, VF35
    Ex: Arthur Sargent Collection

    1794 1C Head of 1794, S-64, B-50, Low R.5, VF30 Bland, VF25 Noyes; VF35 PCGS Secure. An extremely attractive cent with greenish-brown and chestnut surfaces. This well-centered example has scattered, grade-consistent surface marks and a faint scratch just below Liberty's eye.

    Variety Equivalents: Maris 33, Frossard 19.2, Doughty 53, Hays 46, Chapman 48.

    Obverse 32: Shielded Hair. The third through seventh locks are closely spaced and nearly aligned. The lower left border is broader and deeper than the upper right border. This obverse is called the Shielded Hair because the broad border protects the hair from wear. The obverse is found on S-64, S-65, and NC-6.

    Reverse GG: Missing Fraction Bar. There is no fraction bar and that missing feature is diagnostic. The reverse is found only on S-64.

    Die State I: The perfect reverse die before the crack developed at the D in UNITED.

    Rarity and Census: Although one of the rarer varieties in the 1794 series, a number of higher grade examples are known. Del Bland graded the Boka specimen VF30, and it ranks 13th in his Condition Census. One finer example is part of the ANS Collection. Bill Noyes lists this example in the 14th spot, tied with two others.

    Commentary: This die was a favorite of Dr. Sheldon, who wrote in Penny Whimsy: "This is a beautifully executed reverse, with excellent spacing throughout and fine engraving of the leaves. All the detail about the ribbon bow and fraction is perfect and symmetrical, except for the strange omission of the fraction bar." Some, including the cataloger, have suggested that perhaps the fraction bar was originally part of the die, then removed during repairs to the die. However, that doesn't make sense as die polishing sufficient to remove the entire fraction bar would have certainly obliterated other detail as well.

    Boka Commentary: Wow! This is a tough variety to track down in this nice condition and with such an enviable pedigree. Luckily, my longtime friend Bruce Reinoehl was willing to let me own it after a frustrating, many years, search for such a respectable example.

    Biography: A longtime 19th and early 20th century collector, Arthur Hewes Sargent of Boston, Massachusetts had a penchant for overseas travel, financed in part by the sale of his coin collection through S.H. Chapman in June 1913. He was the son of George Sargent and Adelaide Bacon, born in Boston on December 26, 1856. He married Emily White (1866-1936) at Boston in June 1888, and the couple had five children. He died in France on March 20, 1932. Sargent was an investment banker and stock broker. He resided in the Brighton neighborhood near Boston College in 1900, and in Hamilton, Massachusetts in 1910.

    Provenance: Consigner with the initial "M" (c. 1910); Samuel H. Chapman; Arthur Sargent (S.H. Chapman, 6/1913), lot 451; "Clay;" Hazen B. Hinman (Paramount International Coin Corp., 4/1965), lot 142; unknown; New England Rare Coin Auctions, 3/1978), lot 581; John R. "Bob" Grellman, Jr. (7/22/1979); Dr. Bruce M. Reinoehl (3/22/2012); Jon Alan Boka.
    From The Jon Alan Boka Collection of 1794 Large Cents.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 223P, Variety PCGS# 35708, Base PCGS# 911374)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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