1814 1C Plain 4, BN MS (PCGS# 1576)

The January 2013 Americana Sale

  • Auctioneer:
    Stack's/Bowers
  • Lot Number:
    13026
  • Grade:
    MS64
  • Price:
    $30,550.00
Lot Description
<strong>Die Variety: </strong>The two known die marriages of this final-year Classic cent are easiest to distinguish by looking at the style of the digit 4 in the date. Sheldon-295, offered here, is the Plain 4 variety, as opposed to Sheldon-294 with the Crosslet 4 date style. The two die marriages also use different reverse, that of S-295 with the tip of the highest leaf in the wreath under the right edge of the final letter S in STATES.<br /> <br /> <strong>Die State: </strong>A rich variety for die state enthusiasts, the Breen large cent <em>Encyclopedia </em>lists no fewer than fourteen distinct die states for S-295. The present example is a later die state (Breen IX) with tiny die chips or minor crumbling on the obverse below Liberty's mouth, at the junction of the chin and neck, and at the midpoint of the neck. (The extension of this crumbling entirely around the chin creates the popular "Bearded Obverse" state of this variety.) On the reverse, faint flowlines are beginning to join the tops of the letters ATES OF in the legend with the border. Clash marks from earlier die states are no longer present due to repolishing of the dies or die wear, although obverse die cracks from the border to the end of the bust and from star 11, through the lowermost curl, to the digit 8 in the date are still discernible, if (extremely) faint.<br /> <br /> <strong>Strike: </strong>Sharply struck in virtually all areas, this impressive Classic cent reveals no less than bold definition even in isolated peripheral areas where die wear has started to become evident. The only part of the coin where this is a factor, in fact, is along the reverse border from 12 o'clock to 2 o'clock -- a combination of die wear/flowlining and somewhat less than perfect centering on that side that further explains why the denticles are wider in the opposing area from 6 o'clock to 8 o'clock. The obverse is nicely centered with well balanced denticulation, and both sides are razor sharp throughout the cen
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