Near Census-Level 1798 S-187 Large Cent

    1798 1C Second Hair. AU58 PCGS. S-187, B-40, R.1. Noyes XF45; CC-8. Photo #21647. Our EAC Grade XF45.

    Proskey 13; Doughty 121; McGirk 22E, 22F; Clapp 47; EAC 40; Encyclopedia 1732; PCGS #1434.

    Style II Hair. Die chip in field above eye. Berry at O in ONE droops. The obverse appears on S-186 and S-187. The reverse appears on S-187.

    Frosty light tan surfaces with darker olive-brown on the highpoints and in the reverse fields. Pleasing surfaces with a few minor marks but overall an attractive specimen. Plain Edge.

    Die State III.
    The obverse has a small rim break at 3 o'clock, with cracks up and down from the break. In later states, the entire right side of the obverse forms a massive cud. The reverse has minor cracks at CA and the right ribbon end.

    Census. The Noyes Census includes three Mint State coins and three AU pieces, followed by several XF45 examples, including this coin from the Husak Collection.

    Commentary. Sheldon-187 is by far the commonest variety of the year, always available in lower grades and middle grades without difficulty, yet it is elusive in grades above XF.

    Provenance. Douglas Bird; American Numismatic Rarities (12/2003), lot 418, $5,750; Anthony Terranova and Chris Victor-McCawley; Superior (9/2004), lot 412.

    Personality. Originally from Boston, Doug Bird was raised on the West Coast, and today he lives in Hermosa Beach, California. He began collecting coins in 1953 when he was nine years old, and developed an interest in large cents in 1969. A member of Early American Coppers since 1973, Bird is now a full-time dealer who specializes in early copper coins. He also maintains a significant personal collection of large cents by dates and interesting varieties. (NGC ID# 2244, Variety PCGS# 36128, Base PCGS# 1434)

    Weight: 10.89 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

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