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    1794 S-69 Head of 1795 Cent, XF45
    Tied for Seventh Finest Known

    1794 1C Head of 1795, S-69, B-61, R.3, XF45 Bland, XF45 Noyes; XF45 PCGS Secure. Traces of cartwheel luster are evident on both sides of this beautiful cent that exhibits chocolate-brown and steel toning. Here is a pleasant situation where PCGS grades an early copper exactly the same as Del Bland and Bill Noyes.

    Variety Equivalents:
    Maris 50, Hays 50, Chapman 55.

    Obverse 36:
    Blundered 1. The 1 was punched inverted, and then corrected, with a small extraneous serif at the upper right. The T is entirely right of the forelock. The obverse is found on S-69 and S-70.

    Reverse II:
    Double Leaves at O in OF, and at D. There is a double leaf below OF, where a triple leaf is normal. The two leaves lie parallel and the outer leaf is narrow. There is also a double leaf at D, to distinguish this die from the other die with two leaves below OF (S-70, 71). The reverse is found on S-66, S-67, S-68, and S-69.

    Die State II:
    The obverse has four sets of clash marks, and the reverse shows signs of die lapping.

    Rarity and Census:
    Del Bland records three Mint State pieces and three AU coins at the top of his Condition Census. The Boka specimen is tied with one other example as seventh finest known. Bill Noyes concurs with the grade and places this piece tie for the fifth spot in his census.

    Commentary:
    Although only considered a moderately scarce variety today, the S-69 was originally listed as R.4 in Early American Cents, and remained at that level in Penny Whimsy. Even today, less than 10 examples grade better than Very Fine. The obverse and reverse are illustrated in Al Boka's Provenance Gallery.

    Boka Commentary:
    Ex Sheldon, C. Doug Smith, Koshkarian and Husak...what more to ask? Yet another fine cent for the collector looking for true quality in their 1794s.

    Biography:
    Charter member #79 of Early American Coppers, C. Douglas Smith was born in 1914 and died in 1999. He served the Baltimore & Ohio railroad and the Chesapeake & Ohio railroad during his 42-year career. His interest in large cents began in 1947 under the tutelage of Dr. William Sheldon and Homer Downing. Although a collector of all early cents, he was especially fond of the Draped Bust series and completed his Sheldon numbered set of that series in 1956. A resident of Brooklyn, Smith was an active large cent cataloger for Stack's.

    Provenance:
    Dr. William H. Sheldon; C. Douglas Smith (1965); Alfred Bonard (Stack's, 1/1969), lot 177; Dr. Haig Koshkarian; Douglas F. Bird (9/1999); Walter J. Husak (4/21/2002); Jon Alan Boka.
    From The Jon Alan Boka Collection of 1794 Large Cents.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 223R, Variety PCGS# 35690, Base PCGS# 1365)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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