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    1795 S-80, B-11b Jefferson Head Cent, VF30
    Third Finest Known
    The Earle-Hines-Sheldon Example

    1795 1C Jefferson Head, Plain Edge, S-80, B-11b, Low R.5, VF30 NGC. The obverse of this example is plated in the original Dr. William H. Sheldon work, Early American Cents. The obverse and reverse are illustrated in United States Large Cents 1793 - 1814 by William C. Noyes.

    During the last decade of the 18th century, there were people who felt that operation of the unprofitable United States Mint was an unnecessary government expense, and that the facility should be abolished. The alternative was private manufacture of coins in America or in Europe. One proponent of an alternative coinage was John Harper, a New Jersey mechanic and sawmaker who was formerly associated with Albion Cox at the Rahway Mint that produced New Jersey coppers.

    The belief is that Harper produced the Jefferson Head cents as samples of his work for Congressional Representatives with the goal of obtaining the coveted private coinage contract. In the end, proposals from Harper and others were unrealized, and the U.S. Mint continued in operation.

    Described in the August 1893 C.T. Whitman sale as: "Jefferson Head, so-called from the head of Liberty resembling Jefferson. Very fine. Bold impression. Struck, not cast as those sometimes offered. One of the best known, probably the second finest. Excessively rare."

    An exceptional olive and light steel-blue copper with lighter brown devices. While a glass reveals slight surface roughness, this example has excellent eye appeal. Bill Noyes grades this piece VF30 for sharpness and net VF20. It is recorded as the third finest known behind the ANS coin and the Alan Weinberg coin that we sold two years ago at the 2019 FUN auction. Our EAC grade is VF25.
    Ex: C.T. Whitman (Chapman Brothers, 8/1893), lot 834; George H. Earle, Jr. (Henry Chapman, 6/1912), lot 3394; J.C. Barnes; David Proskey; Henry C. Hines (1944); Dr. William H. Sheldon (4/19/1972); R.E. Naftzger, Jr. (2/23/1992); Jay Parrino (The Mint); Donald G. Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2722, Variety PCGS# 35741, Base PCGS# 1386)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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