1814 1C Crosslet 4, BN MS (PCGS# 1573)
The January 2012 Americana Sale
Lot Number: 8088
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Final year of issue for the challenging Classic large cent series, the 1814 comes in two different die marriages that are easily distinguished by looking at the style of 4 in the date. This S-294 Crosslet 4 example is uncommonly smooth overall for a type that usually comes dark, porous or outright corroded. None of that is seen here, although we do see a bit of light pitting over the upper left reverse that appears to be associated with a splash of variegated crimson color in that area. Otherwise medium brown in tone, with bold definition and no other blemishes that we deem significant in a Classic cent that acquired 20 points of wear.