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    1807 S-271 Cent, MS64 Brown
    Full 'Comet' Die Flaws

    1807 1C Comet, S-271, B-1, R.1, MS64 Brown PCGS. CAC. Our EAC Grade MS63. This is a splendid Comet with fully lustrous golden-brown color, accented by lighter tan faded from red luster, and also by pale sea-green toning. Most details remain crisp, and the impressions on both sides are well-centered. Later die states often show some axial misalignment, the obverse centered and the reverse slightly off-center.

    Variety: Breen Die State IV or later, with numerous raised die flaws and clash marks on the obverse. This plentiful die marriage is usually seen with the massive "Comet" die defects in the upper left obverse field. These defects are present on the vast majority of known examples. In fact, some early die state examples are marketed as the "Eclipsed Comet" variety, and they are scarcer but clearly less popular. It is one of only a few instances where a die state (as opposed to a die variety) has its own listing in the Guide Book. The obverse die defects are called "linear die flaws" by Breen, indicating that they are different from die breaks that create similar raised areas on coins of other varieties. The dies, especially the obverse, have also received several sets of clash marks.

    Population Data (7/14): PCGS has certified 10 Mint State examples of the 1807 Comet cent, including three MS64 Brown and two finer. For all varieties of 1807, they have graded seven MS64 Brown examples and eight finer.

    Heritage Commentary: The obverse of this example is plated in both editions of Sheldon's work. Bill Noyes grades this coin MS62 and Del Bland calls it MS61, but both agree that it is the third finest known Comet cent. Only the Newcomb specimen and the Parmelee-Helfenstein coin are finer.

    Provenance: Homer K. Downing; A. Kosoff (Numismatic Gallery, privately 5/1947); R.E. Naftzger, Jr.; A. Kosoff (10/1959), lot 100; Stack's; Dorothy Nelson (Stack's, 2/1976), lot 76; William R.T. Smith (4/1977); C. Douglas Smith (12/1979); Myles Z. Gerson; Del Bland (3/1982); C. Douglas Smith; Herman Halpern (12/1986); R.E. Naftzger, Jr. (2/1992); Eric Streiner (4/1992); John B. MacDonald (8/1999); Wes Rasmussen (Heritage, 1/2005), lot 3329; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2010), lot 2414. (NGC ID# 224M, Variety PCGS# 36454, Base PCGS# 1531)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

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

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    27th Monday
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