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SERIES: Liberty Cap Cents 1793-1796
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1793 1C Liberty Cap, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64+BN

PCGS AU58BN

PCGS AU55BN
PCGS #:
1359
Diameter:
28.50 millimeters
Designer:
Attributed to Joseph Wright
Weight:
13.48 grams
Edge:
Lettered: ONE HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR
Mintage:
11,056
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$632,500 • PCGS AU55 • 2-1-2008 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 450 R-6.1 1 / 1 6 / 12 TIE
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 1 1 / 12
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 1 1 / 12
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64+BN PCGS grade

Pierre LeGras (Paris) - Ed Frossard 5/1882:627, $181 - William Cottier - S.H. & H. Chapman 6/1885:65,5 $90 - Thomas Cleaney - Chapman 12/1890:1800, $200 - Peter Mougey - William Woodin - Thomas Elder Sale 9/1910, $340 - Clarence S. Bement - Chapman Sale 5/1916:291, $720 - Col. James Ellsworth, 1923 - Wayte Raymond - William Atwater - Mehl 6/1946:108 $2,000 - Louis Eliasberg - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:490, $319,000 - High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS62BN PCGS grade  
3 AU55 PCGS grade

Dr. Charles Clay - William H. Strobridge 12/1871:703 - George M. Parsons - Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp Co. 6/1890:676 - Ed Frossard - Henry Beckwith Collection - S.H. Chapman 4/1923:3 - Henry Chapman - Dr. George P. French Collection - B. Max Mehl, 1929 FPL, lot 15 - H.A. Stoddard - B. Max Mehl - Charles J. Dupont - Stack's 9/1954:22 - Dorothy Nelson (TAD Collection) - Stack's 2/1976:9 - Stack's 1/1997:414 - Anthony Terranova - Dr. Eugene Sherman - Anthony Terranova - Massachusetts Collection - Oliver Jung Collection - Heritage 8/2014:5522, $329,000

3 AU55 PCGS grade  
3 AU55 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64+BN PCGS grade

Pierre LeGras (Paris) - Ed Frossard 5/1882:627, $181 - William Cottier - S.H. & H. Chapman 6/1885:65,5 $90 - Thomas Cleaney - Chapman 12/1890:1800, $200 - Peter Mougey - William Woodin - Thomas Elder Sale 9/1910, $340 - Clarence S. Bement - Chapman Sale 5/1916:291, $720 - Col. James Ellsworth, 1923 - Wayte Raymond - William Atwater - Mehl 6/1946:108 $2,000 - Louis Eliasberg - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:490, $319,000 - High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS62BN PCGS grade  
3 AU55 PCGS grade

Dr. Charles Clay - William H. Strobridge 12/1871:703 - George M. Parsons - Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp Co. 6/1890:676 - Ed Frossard - Henry Beckwith Collection - S.H. Chapman 4/1923:3 - Henry Chapman - Dr. George P. French Collection - B. Max Mehl, 1929 FPL, lot 15 - H.A. Stoddard - B. Max Mehl - Charles J. Dupont - Stack's 9/1954:22 - Dorothy Nelson (TAD Collection) - Stack's 2/1976:9 - Stack's 1/1997:414 - Anthony Terranova - Dr. Eugene Sherman - Anthony Terranova - Massachusetts Collection - Oliver Jung Collection - Heritage 8/2014:5522, $329,000

3 AU55 PCGS grade  
3 AU55 PCGS grade  
3 AU55 PCGS grade

Sheldon 13.  Joseph Mickley - W. Elliot Woodward 10/1867:1933, $55 - L. Bayard Smith - Virgil M. Brand, 2/1941 - B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Henry C. Hines - Carl Wurtzbach, 1945 - Dr. William H. Sheldon - Sheraton Coin Co. - Ernest Henderson, 1958) - Dorothy Paschal, 1959 - Dr. William H. Sheldon, 4/1972 - R.E. Naftzger, Jr., 2/1992 - Eric Streiner - Jay Parrino - Superior 2/1998:790, $90,750 - Walt Husak Collection - Heritage 2/2008:2014, $632,500

7 AU53 PCGS grade  
7 AU53 PCGS grade  
7 AU53 PCGS grade  
7 AU53 PCGS grade

England - unknown intermediary - Q. David Bowers - Lester Merkin - Charles Jay - Stack’s 10/1967:91 (as "Uncirculated") -Tony Terranova - Herman Halpern, 12/1986 - R. E. Naftzger, Jr,. 2/1992 - Eric Streiner - Jay Parrino, 5/1996 - Jack Wadlington (via Bob Grellman & Chris McCawley), 6/2005 - Dan Holmes Collection - Goldbergs 9/2009:24, $506,000

Ron Guth: The 1793 Liberty Cap is one of the most desired types among early U.S.Large Cents.  The typical example is low-grade, usually with one or more problems (corrosion, surface damage, cleaning, heavy marks, poor strike, etc.), so nice, problem-free examples command a significant premium.  PCGS has identified only two example with legitimate claims to the Mint State grade.  No Red-Brown or Red examples exist.  The finest example has a long pedigree going back to the late 1800s and includes names such as Thomas Cleneay, William H. Woodin, and Louis Eliasberg.  It's current grade is PCGS MS64Bn and it is part of the incredible High Desert Collection in the PCGS Set Registry.


David Hall: In mint state condition, the 1793 Liberty Cap is the rarest of the three types of 1793 large cents (Chain cent, Wreath cent, and Liberty Cap cent). The PCGS graded MS64BN is the finest known by far. The coin has super mark-free surfaces and rich brown color.