1806 1C S-270, BN MS (PCGS# 36436)

The January 2013 Americana Sale

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    Stack's Bowers
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1806 Draped Bust Cent. S-270, the only known dies. Rarity-1. Noyes Die State B, Breen Die State IV. MS-63 BN (PCGS). CAC. <strong>Die Variety: </strong>The only known obverse die of the 1806 Draped Bust cent exhibits a pointed 1 and knobbed 6 in the date, the digits similar in style to those that the Mint used in production of 1805 and 1806 Capped Bust Right half eagles. The tiny point to the curl at the top of Liberty's head is between the letters BE in LIBERTY. The unique&nbsp;reverse die of this issue is the same that the Mint used to strike 1805 S-268 and S-269 cents, with the highest leaf in the wreath positioned under the extreme right edge of the final letter S in STATES.<br /> <br /> <strong>Die State: </strong>The latest die state of the issue/variety, Breen Die State IV displays multiple clash marks on the obverse both in front of and behind Liberty's portrait, as well as on the reverse within the wreath and around the word OF. Wispy die cracks are present on the obverse within the lowermost hair curl and from the border at 4 o'clock, and the same side also reveals delicate die bulges at the border behind the lowermost curl and at the digits 06 in the date.<br /> <br /> <strong>Strike: </strong>The advanced state of the dies and the consequent bulges that have developed on the obverse undoubtedly explain the softness of detail in most peripheral areas around both sides. Die erosion has affected the entire reverse periphery with no denticulation evident on that side. The upper obverse is also soft with the tops of the letters in the word LIBERTY merging with the border, although most other areas on that side display at least light denticulation (even at the bottom where the two aforementioned die bulges are located). Central definition is considerably sharper, especially on the obverse throughout much of Liberty's portrait, but also on the reverse where most of the leaves in the wreath are boldly to sharply defined. The overall and outward appearance of thi
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