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    1793 S-11c, B-16c Wreath Cent, MS62 Brown
    Tied for the Fourth Finest with Lettered Edge
    Ex: Newcomb-Naftzger-Halpern

    1793 1C Wreath, Lettered Edge, S-11c, B-16c, Low R.3, MS62 Brown PCGS. Breen Die State II showing clash marks along Liberty's neckline. Most wreath cents had the Vine and Bars edge device as seen on the Chain cents struck earlier in 1793. However, the last die pair has three sub-varieties, the previous Vine and Bars edge (S-11a), a Lettered Edge followed by two leaves after the lettering (S-11b), and a Lettered Edge followed by a single leaf after the lettering as offered here (S-11c). This third variant is seen about as often as the other two variants combined. In his Large Cent Encyclopedia, Walter Breen suggested that these S-11c cents "Probably comprised 6,500 to 7,000 of the 11,825 delivered on July 6."

    This chocolate-brown example has splashes of steel toning on both sides with areas of rich maroon patina on the reverse. The strike is bold and reasonably well centered with border beads at the upper reverse tight against the edge of the coin. The surfaces are generally smooth with trivial marks on Liberty's bust line. The reverse of this cent appeared on the plate of Dr. Sheldon's first book, Early American Cents. Del Bland and Bill Noyes both grade this piece AU50 and they agree that it is the fourth finest S-11c cent, tied with the finest two examples of S-11b that also grade AU50. Our EAC grade AU50. PCGS Population: 2 in 62 Brown, 3 finer (1/22).
    Ex: Howard R. Newcomb (J.C. Morgenthau & Col, 2/1945), lot 12; A. Kosoff (Numismatic Gallery, privately); R.E. Naftzger, Jr.; Auction '81 (Stack's, 8/1981), lot 1507; Stanley Kesselman; R.E. Naftzger, Jr. (12/11/1986); Herman Halpern (Stack's, 3/1988), lot 12; Anthony Terranova; Bowers and Merena Galleries (Rare Coin Review #70, Autumn 1988); Bowers and Merena (1/1989), lot 86.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 223J, Variety PCGS# 35477, Base PCGS# 1350)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

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