1794 1/2C C-2a Sm Edge Letters, BN MS (PCGS# 35024)

2014 July 10 - 13 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando #1207

  • Auctioneer:
    Heritage Auctions
  • Lot Number:
    3593
  • Grade:
    XF45
  • Price:
    $5,287.50
Lot Description
1794 1/2 C Normal Head, C-2a, B-2b, High R.2, XF45 PCGS. Manley State 3.0. A faint die crack can be seen through the tops of ERTY, although the straight line crack (Breen) or linear defect (Manley) from the right top of Y is not evident. Plated in A Guide Book of United States Coins, 35th through 40th editions dated 1982 to 1987. Following the hand engraved dies of 1793 and 1794 C-1, the obverse of this die was the first to utilize a head punch. Three obverse dies were created from the same punch, used to coin all 1794 varieties from C-2 through C-6. While common enough in lower grades, the C-2a is rarely seen in VF or finer condition. This piece exhibits bold detail for the grade level, with a pleasing light brown patina overall. A dark toning spot in the obverse field, a diagonal mark between HALF and CENT, and some finer peripheral roughness are evident, though the overall appearance remains quite appealing. The reverse is rotated about 20 degrees clockwise, as usual. Our EAC grade VF20. Ex: 1978 ANA (Bowers and Ruddy, 8/1988), lot 88; later, Jim McGuigan; Benson Collection Sale (Goldberg Coins, 2/2001), lot 160; Goldberg Coins (2/2002), lot 31. The Colonel Steven Ellsworth Collection of U.S. Half Cents (Heritage, 5/2008), lot 1630. From The Kimo Collection.
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