1793 Wreath 1C Vine and Bars Edge, BN MS (PCGS# 1347)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 4020
1793 Wreath Cent. S-9. Rarity-2. Noyes Die State A. Vine and Bars Edge. EF-40 (PCGS). The Wreath cents of 1793 are everlastingly popular. Made for only part of the year, all known examples were released into circulation, in an era in which numismatic interest was minimal. When collecting American coins became popular in a strong way in the 1850s, most in existence had been worn down to lower levels such as About Good, Good, and VG. A very small percentage of pieces that can grade EF or better, as here, survive. The very first pictorial plate in the <em>American Numismatical Manual,</em> published in 1869, was completely devoted to cents of this year.<br />
The presently offered coin is a perfect example, in high relief as made, fully defined, and graded by PCGS as EF-40. It is absolutely ideal for a variety collector or, more likely, someone wanting a special coin for inclusion in a type set. The strike is sharp as expected, as the soft copper planchets lent themselves rather well to striking up the designs. Liberty has strong definition on her hair curls, and the wreath with its berry strings and leaves are all present with wear on the high points of the design. The copper surfaces are reasonably smooth copper, always a plus for cents of 1793 as so many are rough or pitted. The eye appeal is superb!<br />
<strong>Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers<br />
</strong>I always enjoy 1793 Wreath cents, and when one this nice comes to us it is a special pleasure to present it to the collecting community.