1794 1C Head of 1793, BN MS (PCGS# 1362)

The Walter J. Husak Collection

  • Auctioneer:
    Heritage Auctions
  • Lot Number:
    2018
  • Grade:
    VF20
  • Price:
    $43,125.00
Lot Description
1794 1C Head of ’93. VF20 PCGS. S-18a, B-2a, R.6. Bland Fine 12; tied for CC-3. Noyes Fine 12; CC-3. Photo #32992. Our EAC Grade Fine 12. Equivalents. Maris 52; Frossard 2.2; Doughty 20, 65; Hays 3; McGirk 7-A; Ross 2-B; Chapman 3; EAC 2a; Encyclopedia 1650; PCGS #1362. Variety. Head of '93; the chin is doubled. Blundered N in CENT, first cut inverted. The obverse appears on S-18a, S-18b, S-19a, and S-19b. The reverse appears on S-17a, S-18a, S-18b, and NC-4. Lettered Edge, leaf points down. Surfaces. Numerous insignificant abrasions appear on each side of slightly rough, mottled olive and dark brown surfaces. The sharpness is slightly finer than the net grade. In 1973 the New Netherlands cataloger described this piece as: “Brown color with streaks of olive. There are a few pit marks and rim bruises on each side and some very small areas of granularity which really aren’t disturbing to the naked eye.” Die State II. The reverse die is lapped with several fragmented leaves at the lower right. A very short obverse die crack between the dentils extends slightly past the dentil tips at 8 o’clock. Later die states are recorded in Breen’s Large Cent Encyclopedia for S-18b, and may not exist on S-18a. Appearances. The reverse is illustrated in Morley on page 41. The obverse and reverse are illustrated in Noyes (2006). The late Tom Morley compiled 1794 Large Cents Graded and Updated in 1979. Morley depicted each of the known types in various grades, attempting a pictorial grading guide for 1794 cents. In Provenance Gallery of the Year 1794, Al Boka wrote: “The grading of 1794s is much too complex to be described through black and white photographs. Large cent grading is a highly developed artform acquired through much practice and experience.” Census. Third finest of a very rare subvariety and a great prize for the 1794 specialist. The finest known S-18a is the ANS VF30, with a rather severe planchet defect. The VF20 discovery coin for the subvariety, now in the Daniel Holme
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