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    1795 Lettered Edge Cent
    MS65+ Red and Brown
    Considerable Red Mint Color
    The Finest Known 1795 S-74, B-2 Cent

    1795 1C Lettered Edge, S-74, B-2, Low R.4, MS65+ Red and Brown PCGS. CAC. Ex: Husak-Simpson. Early 20th century numismatist Carl Wurtzbach called this cent "the most valuable 1795 cent." Wurtzbach was commissioned by Virgil Brand to form the finest cent collection available. He was born in Hargerode, Germany, on May 3, 1864, and died in Lee, Massachusetts, on August 30, 1947. He was employed by the Western Massachusetts Electric Company, the Lee National Bank as its president, and the Lee Library Association. Wurtzbach served as president of the ANA from 1917 to 1919.

    This Gem is tied for the finest recorded in Del Bland's Condition Census, is listed as the finest in Bill Noyes' Condition Census, and is graded MS65 in both records. There are two other Mint State coins, a single AU50, and numerous XF pieces in the census. Both Gem Mint State pieces were owned by R.E. Naftzger, Jr., after his purchase of the Sheldon Collection in 1972. Naftzger chose to retain this piece as the finer of the two.

    The obverse has the top of the 5 buried in the bust, and appears on S-74 and S-75. The reverse has single leaves at IT and CA, and is common to S-73 and S-74. Breen Die State VII, with reverse die cracks that encircle the entire legend. Minor clash marks are visible in the left branch of the wreath and below STATES OF.
    This is an amazing example with considerable original mint red color over medium brown surfaces that exhibit traces of pale blue toning. Original mint red color is even visible within the edge lettering! Aside from typical planchet imperfections not struck out when this piece was minted, there are no blemishes of any sort. It is essentially a flawless early cent. Our EAC grade MS65.
    Ex: Virgil M. Brand; Carl Wurtzbach (1935); Charles R. Mathewson (1953); Dr. William H. Sheldon (4/1972); R.E. Naftzger, Jr. (2/1992); Eric Streiner; Jay Parrino; Superior (5/1999), lot 1465, $26,450; Walter J. Husak (Long Beach Signature, Heritage, 2/2008), lot 2076.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 223S, Variety PCGS# 35715, Base PCGS# 1378)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

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