1793 Chain 1C Periods, BN MS (PCGS# 91341)

August 2011 Chicago ANA - Rarities Night

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    Stack's Bowers
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Lot Description
1793 Chain Cent. S-4. Rarity-3+. Noyes Die State B. AMERICA. Periods. Fine-15 (PCGS). Evenly toned in a charcoal-copper shade, this coin presents very well for a first year large cent that saw such extensive circulation. True, both sides exhibit moderate to heavy wear, but the obverse in particular is noteworthy due to the relatively bold detail that it retains to Liberty's portrait. The word LIBERTY and the date are sharp, as are all design elements on the reverse. The outward appearance is generally smooth, and even under close scrutiny with a loupe the surfaces reveal only minor roughness to the texture. A shallow reverse rim bruise outside the letters AM in AMERICA and a few swirls of old encrustation around the letter C in CENT are the only mentionable blemishes, although a few other small, dull marks are evident to the more discerning eye. A highly collectible example of the United States Mint's first cent issue.<br />
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