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    1795 S-74, B-2 Cent, MS64 Brown
    Lettered Edge
    Tied for Finest Known

    1795 1C Lettered Edge MS64 Brown PCGS. S-74, B-2, High R.3. Our EAC Grade MS65. Breen Die State VI, with bold clashmarks near the C in CENT and the leaf pair beneath the ST in STATES. S-74 is identified by three characteristics. The top of the 5 is buried in the bust, the T in LIBERTY is right of the curl, and the top right of the wreath ends in a single leaf.

    This is a gorgeous 1795 cent with unabraded and carbon-free surfaces. A pair of slender, faint, and parallel mint-made planchet streaks cross four leaves northeast of the T in CENT. A small planchet flake above the N in ONE and a few tiny pinpoint flakes near the Y in LIBERTY further identify the present example, whose pedigree begins with the Theodore Roosevelt administration. The strike is even and bold. Toned light chocolate-brown with a generous amount of faded pumpkin-gold about the devices.

    Commentary. Specialists of 1795 cents know that the two most common varieties are S-76b and S-78, both Plain Edge varieties. The Lettered Edge varieties are significantly scarcer. The present piece is one of only two high grade S-74 cents, and the opportunity to acquire this outstanding example many not return for many years.

    Census Notes. Del Bland and Bill Noyes both grade this spectacular piece MS65. Bland has it tied for finest known, and Noyes records this piece as second finest. Two lower level Mint State pieces are known, and then the census drops to AU50 and below.

    Provenance. Harlan Page Smith Collection (Chapman Brothers, 5/1906), lot 1081; Thomas Elder; Howard R. Newcomb (J.C. Morganthau, 2/1945), lot 79; T. James Clarke (1954); R.E. Naftzger (New Netherlands, 11/1973), lot 395; Andrew Hain; Charles Harrison (10/1974); Douglas Bird (2/1992); Dr. Haig Koshkarian (American Numismatic Rarities, 3/2004), lot 9; ANA Signature Sale (Heritage, 7/2008), lot 1504.
    From The Adam Mervis Large Cent Collection.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 223S, PCGS# 1377)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2014
    10th Friday
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