1799/8 S-188 Late State Discovery Specimen
    The Breen Die State Plate Coin

    1799/8 1C Good 6 PCGS. S-188, R.4 for the variety, R.7 for the late die state. Ex: Davis-Rice-French. Breen Plate State IV.
    There are just six known example of the terminal die state S-188 cent, with a heavy triple break through RTY that continues to the right obverse border. This example is the second finest of the six known examples, and the finest in collectors' hands, as the only better piece is in the ANS Collection. Of the six known examples, the ANS coin grades Fine 12, this piece grades Good-6, another grades Good-5, and three additional pieces all grade Basal State, or Poor-1.
    This piece has sharpness of about Fine 12, with moderate corrosion on each side that pulls the net grade down to Good 6. Both sides are pleasing medium brown and olive.
    It is an historic example of the die state, and the Breen Large Cent Encyclopedia plate coin for Die State IV. Its pedigree dates back to Robert Coulton Davis in 1890. EAC 5.
    Ex: Robert Coulton Davis (New York Coin & Stamp Co., 1/1890), lot 2539; David Proskey; M.A. Brown (S.H. & H. Chapman, 4/1897), lot 1079; George W. Rice (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co., 4/1906), lot 1007; Dr. Charles E. McGirk; Dr. George P. French (B. Max Mehl, 1929 FPL), lot 234; T. James Clarke (1944); B. Max Mehl (6/1945), lot 1671; R.E. Naftzger, Jr. (A. Kosoff, 4/1956), lot 62; Dorothy Paschal (2/1975); R.E. Naftzger, Jr. (2/1992); Eric Streiner; Denis W. Loring (8/1992); Robinson S. Brown, Jr. (Superior, 1/1996), lot 259; W.M. "Jack" Wadlington; Chris Victor-McCawley; the current consignor. (NGC ID# 2247, Variety PCGS# 36131, Base PCGS# 1446)

    Weight: 10.89 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

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

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