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    1795 Jefferson Head Cent, VF20
    Plain Edge, S-80, Famous Rarity

    1795 Jefferson Head, Plain Edge, S-80, B-11b, Low R.5, VF20 NGC. Our EAC Grade Fine 12. The Jefferson Head nickname has stuck since it was used for lot 836 in Edward Cogan's June 30, 1864 auction: "1795 Cent, Jefferson Head." The August 1893 C.T. Whitman gave the reasoning for that nomenclature, saying: "Jefferson Head, so-called from the head of Liberty resembling Jefferson." It is believed that John Harper, the Philadelphia blacksmith famous for the 1792 half disme, produced these enigmatic cents in the hopes of securing a private coinage contact with the United States in the advent that the then-unprofitable Philadelphia Mint was shuttered. Two die marriages are known, and each has two edge variants, but among the four varieties (B-10a, B-10b, B-11a, B-11b) only B-11b, the plain edge Sheldon-80, is collectible. All but damaged examples command five- or six-figure prices. Harper eventually spent his home-made cents, and all known today are in XF40 or lower grades. Current thought is the Jefferson Head cents are contemporary counterfeits, but they have been embraced by the large cent community since its beginnings. Besides the flat jaw and long, thin nose of the portrait, the design is interesting for its triple-loop wreath knot. The leaves are longer and larger than their Federal cent counterparts. The planchets were undersized relative to the dies, with dentils incomplete to absent on most examples.

    This is a deep brown representative that retains separation on Liberty's lower curls. We note moderate rim knocks on the obverse at 3, 4, and 9 o'clock, and on the reverse at 4 o'clock. The surfaces are lightly granular, and evenly struck save for the CE in CENT. The obverse is nicely centered, while the reverse is off-center several degrees toward 11 o'clock, affecting the tops of STATES OF. The dentils are prominent on the reverse near 12 o'clock, beneath the fraction. This piece does not appear in either Del Bland's Condition Census or William Noyes' record. The Bland census lists coins that grade Fine 12 to VF35, while New Netherlands graded this piece VG10 in 1967. The Noyes photographic record for 1795 to 1797 large cents does not include this coin, indicating that the Partrick coins were unavailable to him. In our opinion, this piece ranks among the top dozen Jefferson Head cents known.
    Ex: Major Alfred Walter (New Netherlands Coin Company, 59th Sale, 6/1967), lot 1203; Jon Hanson; Donald G. Partrick.

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

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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