1793 Wreath 1C Vine and Bars Edge, BN MS (PCGS# 1347)
The January 2013 Americana Sale
Lot Number: 13109
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A somewhat glossy deep golden-tan specimen with exceptional eye appeal throughout. Some natural planchet flaws on Liberty's cheek and neck, as struck, come to light under low magnification. The surfaces are amazingly free of contact marks to the unaided eye, and low magnification reveals naught but a few tiny pecks. Reverse crack from rim through R to berries, another crack from rim through CA to stem and ribbon. Surprisingly enough, a dozen finer grading <em>events</em> have been recorded by PCGS, including two pieces in the RB category. All that aside, the present coin is exceptional to the naked eye and likewise exceptional under low magnification. The grade is spot-on, and no rub engages the design high points. We have been fortunate in that we have handled some of the nicest Wreath cents known in recent memory, including a pleasing MS-65 BN PCGS example in our August 2011 ANA Sale (lot 7220). Choice and appealing, and destined to form the backbone of a truly great large cent cabinet.