1793 Chain 1C Periods, BN MS (PCGS# 91341)
The January 2013 Americana Sale
Lot Number: 13108
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Deep golden-brown surfaces afford a glossy overall appearance to the naked eye, a notion that is but little dispelled under low magnification. Soft obverse rim bruises at 2 and 3 o'clock, some minor ticks here and there under low magnification, otherwise no marks of consequence are to be found on either side. One of four die pairings of the year for our nation's first coinage, this one singular as the only obverse with periods after LIBERTY and the date. Possession of a Chain cent, especially one so nice as the present piece, is a mark of distinction for any U.S. cent collector. Though numerous Sheldon-4 Chain cents can be found in a finer grade than that offered here, the vast majority of the issue is of lesser quality than the present specimen. You will be hard-pressed to find a more lovely mid-grade Chain cent, so plan your bidding accordingly if you mean to own this treasure.